Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together



“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”

 (The National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014)


At St Giles Academy we believe that mathematics is an essential tool needed for everyday life. In lessons we aim to develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical skills in all areas. We aim to link these skills to real life situations, so that children understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics.  At St Giles our intent is for every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the fluency skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

We believe firmly in the approach of using real life as the key driver, concrete objects where possible and then moving children through into abstract maths when they are ready. Appropriate level of challenge and support is given at all times so that children's perseverance and resilience is built and a love of maths is fostered. 

At St Giles we aim to deliver objectives of the National Curriculum which are appropriate to the age group and ability of the child. We also use ‘The White Rose Maths Hub Schemes' as a basis for coverage in lessons in each year group . We do however believe that teaching should be responsive and adaptive to the needs of the class, and these may not be adhered to strictly. 

To meet individual needs and keep all areas of the mathematics curriculum alive as KS1 & KS2 take part in weekly ‘BIG Maths’ session where the children move into different groups and answer 25 questions within a specific time. Questions are marked together in specific target groups to discuss strategies. 

See Document for guidance followed for progression

We also subscribe to ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ and children can access these online resources at home. 


Pupil Voice Outcomes

All children in our school enjoy maths lessons.


All children want to achieve and do well in mathematics.


All KS2 children agree able to choose their own appropriate challenge.


All children receive regular homework.


All children are proud of their achievements in maths.


All children feel teachers explain things clearly.


All KS2 children agree able to choose their own appropriate challenge.



Mathematics in action...