At St Bernard’s we aim to develop confident mathematicians who are passionate about their learning. We do this by continuing to develop their conceptual understanding (models, images and manipulatives are key to securing understanding and fluency), by providing opportunities for mathematical reasoning and problem solving and by providing ‘real-life’ mathematical scenarios.

Lessons have clear learning objectives so children understand what they are learning and can assess how well they have done in the same way their teachers do. Children develop their knowledge of number, calculations, fractions, measure, statistics and shape. Problem solving and reasoning are integral parts of our maths curriculum. Mental calculation strategies are also taught regularly.


Teachers plan following a mastery approach to learning – the aim is for all children to be able to achieve the outcomes for their year group. Teachers are skilled at providing the appropriate scaffolding to support children’s learning and supporting the development of conceptual understanding alongside mathematical procedures.

Additional adult support is also used within lessons and in afternoons to ensure that all children in the class are ready to access the next lesson. Children have access to a wide range of mathematical resources and displays to support their learning whilst working independently.


When children have achieved the objectives for their year group, teachers provide learning that encourages children to deepen their understanding rather than moving onto the next year group’s learning content. This ensures that children have an excellent understanding of mathematical concepts whilst encouraging curiosity and resilience.