We aim for all Sacred Heart pupils to acquire a deep, long-term secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. This will be achieved through teaching for mastery where elements of classroom practice and school organisation combine to give our pupils the best chances of mastering maths, enabling them to move on to more advanced material.

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve 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. We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Across the school daily Maths lessons are taught where children:

  • practice fluency and the ability to recall and apply knowledge accurately and quickly
  • develop reasoning skills by following a line of enquiry, generalising or justifying proof using mathematical language
  • develop competence in solving increasingly complex problems

Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS, teachers use the Power Maths schemes of learning. These are matched to the National Curriculum Early Learning goals. In the Early Years, Maths is a specific area of learning in the Early Years Curriculum. Play based opportunities are carefully planned and provided by staff. The learning environment both inside and outside, is set up to create a stimulating space where children feel confident, secure, and challenged in their mathematical thinking.

Learning experiences provide children with the opportunity to explore, use their senses and become independent in their mathematical learning. Enhanced provision to meet the children’s next steps can be seen in the provision.

Years 1-6

In Years 1-6, we follow the National Curriculum, using the Power Maths schemes of learning for curriculum planning to ensure progression across the year groups. It is a scheme of work recommended by the DfE and NCETM (National Centre of Excellence for the teaching of maths), which promotes a mastery approach to mathematics. It builds every concept in small, progressive steps and is built with interactive, whole class teaching in mind. It provides the tools needed to develop growth mindsets, check understanding throughout lessons and ensuring that every child is keeping up. The Power Maths curriculum covers units of learning in Number, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, Algebra and Ratio and Proportion.

Power Maths

At the heart of Power Maths is a progressive lesson sequence designed to empower children to understand core concepts and grow in confidence.
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Times Tables

We expect all children at Sacred Heart to have a secure grasp of the multiplication tables. Just like learning to walk before you can run, learning multiplication and memorising the times tables are building blocks for other maths topics taught in school – higher learning such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra. Students who do not memorise the times tables will find these levels of maths much more difficult than they need to be. Students who have not mastered their tables will very often fall behind in maths (and other subjects that use maths) and begin to lose confidence. We ask parents for support in helping their children to learn the multiplication tables.

In 2022, 55% of Sacred Heart Y4 pupils achieved 25/25 in the national Multiplication Tables Check. The national average was 30%
Our average score was 23 which was above national average.

In 2022, KS1 and KS2 Sacred Heart pupils were ABOVE national average in both KS1 and KS2 SATS