At St Mary’s C of E Primary School we firmly believe that mathematics is a fundamental component of a child’s learning journey, introducing them to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and which support learning across the curriculum. Mathematics helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.


Following the introduction of the revised National Curriculum in 2014 the emphasis for our pupils has been to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time
  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations
  • develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

The EYFS Statutory Framework 2014 sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old and supports an integrated approach to early learning. This is supported by the ‘Development matters’ non statutory guidance. The EYFS Framework in relation to mathematics aims for our pupils to: 

  • develop and improve their skills in counting
  • understand and use numbers
  • calculate simple addition and subtraction problems
  • describe shapes, spaces, and measures

At St Mary’s C of E Primary School our intention is to provide the children with a mathematics curriculum, which will allow them to become confident individuals, through presenting mathematics as a challenging, exciting, creative and relevant subject. We aim to employ approaches that help them to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning, so that by the end of every school year or key stage, they will have acquired mastery of the mathematical facts and concepts they’ve been exposed to, equipping them to move on confidently and securely to more challenging activities.

Through engaging and stimulating lessons, our children should develop: 

  • positive attitudes towards the subject and awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
  • competence and confidence in using and applying mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing, drawing on a range of calculation strategies
  • the skills needed to judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
  • a broad range of mathematical vocabulary in order to explain their methods and reasoning clearly, using correct terminology
  • initiative and motivation to work both independently and in cooperation with others
  • confident communication of mathematics, where children ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes
  • an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation
St Mary's KIRFs

To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.

KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately.

Instant recall of facts helps enormously with mental agility in maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these key facts is very beneficial. For your child to become more efficient in recalling them easily, they need to be practised frequently and for short periods of time.

Each half term, children will focus on a Key Instant Recall Fact (KIRF) to practise and learn at home for the half term. Each child will receive a KIRFs Knowledge Organiser to take home, along with weekly homework to support their learning of their KIRF. The Knowledge Organisers will also be available on our school website, on your child’s class page.