Early Mathematics is the development of young children’s skills from being able to count and recognise shape, to the ability to recognise, order, compare and calculate increasingly larger numbers in a variety of ways, measure, read time, handle money, fluently recall number facts, recognise shape and their properties and provides them with the skills in how to problem solve, reason and be resilient within their learning.

Children do not automatically learn this and skills need to be specifically taught that are sequential and progressive to develop knowledge and skills which can be securely demonstrated by our pupils.  Providing high-quality learning experiences, allows us to create the necessary foundation to help

children master essential Mathematical understanding and problem solving skills.

Once children have these necessary foundations, their journey in Mathematics continues through increasingly more complicated calculations, Mathematical concepts, reasoning and problem solving that both engage and further develop their skills as a Mathematician.

Maths is an essential element of the Castlechurch curriculum with clear, progressive learning that is child centred, creating curious resilient learners.



Our challenging and creative Mathematics curriculum aims to enable all children to have a sound understanding of all mathematical concepts. Children are provided with an exciting curriculum that encompasses the CPAR approach (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract and Reasoning), which promotes children to make links between practical equipment, pictures and abstract numbers as all children learn in different ways. The CPAR approach helps children learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way.

At Castlechurch, we build on children’s knowledge and skills with rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

We recognise the importance of providing a high quality, vocabulary rich Maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable, whilst expanding their inquisitive and resilient minds.

When completing maths reasoning, we use RUCSAC to help build their independence and resilience to solve mathematical problems.

What makes a good mathematician Sept 2022


At Castlechurch we aim to achieve the following from our Mathematics curriculum:

  • ‘Mastery’ is something we want all children to achieve and involves utilising a range of strategies to help children develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of Maths.
  • All staff model positive attitudes towards Maths and a belief that all pupils can succeed.
  • An enjoyment and curiosity of mathematics and for children to feel confident to become successful;
  • Children’s abilities to use and apply mathematics to solve problems in both the classroom and in ‘real life’ contexts;
  • A confidence to communicate ideas in written form and orally;
  • Independent and collaborative ways of working, encouraging children to share ideas and solve problems together;
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary to be modelled and used in the classroom;
  • The children’s ability to recall mental facts accurately and quickly and using effective written calculation methods;
  • Children’s logical thinking, reasoning and ability to problem solve as transferable life skills.

Castlechurch Maths Policy January 2022

Useful links to support home learning

Times Tables Rock Stars – Times Tables Rock Stars (

Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practise for 6-11 year olds (

Times tables games - Learn them all here!

Daily 10 - Mental Maths Challenge - Topmarks

NumBots | Motivational maths practice for schools and families.

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