Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

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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. 



Our teaching of, and curriculum for, mathematics will lead to outstanding progress over time across all key stages relative to each individual child’s starting point. It is designed to prepare children for their future in and outside of education so they can become successful in whatever they pursue by leaving our school at least at the expected standard for their age. Our rich and broad mathematics curriculum aims to make the children enthusiastic about learning mathematics and gain an understanding of its importance in everyday life.

How is mathematics taught in EYFS?

There is strong subject knowledge in EYFS, where children spend time exploring, acquiring and reinforcing the basic concepts, before being offered challenging opportunities to work beyond the early learning goals. Our intent for mathematics in the early years is that children have a deep understanding of the number system, first to 5 and then to 10 in order to prepare them for Key Stage 1.

We have an EYFS curriculum that moves from practical concrete opportunities into pictorial and abstract calculations when children are ready for this. Children are exposed early on to key concepts such as place value and number bonds, so that they have a good basis from which to work in Key Stage 1.

 Maths is taught daily as part of a focussed, discrete teaching activity in EYFS. Children are then provided with learning activities based upon this teaching, so that they can refine and develop their knowledge and start to apply their skills. In addition to this, opportunities for mathematics teaching and learning are developed through the routines of the school day, e.g. counting how many children are here today.

Mathematics challenges, as well as opportunities to apply skills and embed knowledge, are carefully planned for through the areas of provision in both the indoor and outdoor learning environments.


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...