At St Joseph’s we aim to develop the children’s confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding of maths by making real links to maths within the children’s experiences, their futures and the world itself. We want children to love maths and see the relevance of maths so that it doesn’t feel like a stand alone subject. As a result, teachers provide opportunities for the children to apply maths across the curriculum in addition to daily maths lessons.

St Joseph’s Approach to Maths


Tracking Progress in Maths

We use Target Tracker to record the progress of each child in maths. Teachers use a range of ongoing teacher assessments and summative assessments to gather evidence. See the band posters for each year group below:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


Using Practical Equipment

We encourage the children to use practical equipment, moving to pictorial and then abstract to develop a deeper understanding of maths. Children have a range of resources in their classroom to choose freely to support their problem solving.


We also like our maths lessons to be active, so we include Burn2Learn opportunities on a weekly basis to get the children up and active whilst learning and having fun.


At Joseph’s, all our children from FS2 to Y6 have access to a maths learning platform called Mathletics. This can be accessed both in school and at home to support each child to develop confidence, knowledge and understanding in maths through personalised learning which is engaging to each age group and every child’s ability. Mathletics encourages a growth mindset in maths too which compliments our whole school approach to growth mindset. Our children complete a range of homework tasks using Mathletics as well as additional tasks which they can choose to access, and we see an increasing number of children sharing certificates in our weekly Golden Book achievement celebration.

In addition to the children’s certificates which they earn individually for completing their tasks, we also nominate one child per week in school to be the Super Mathlete of the week; this is a really special trophy to receive as it acknowledges the child’s effort and attitude to maths rather than their attainment.

Parents and carers are an important part of the learning process. If you need any support or further information, please see the useful links section below.


Useful Links for Parents

Mathletics Helpful User Guide Click here to go to Mathletics platform Click here for Mathletics help BBC Bitesize KS1 BBC Bitesize KS2


What does maths look like in our school?