Subject Leader: Miss. S. Jackson

Mathematics is an essential life skill and is therefore a vital part of the curriculum at Ireleth St Peters. Mathematics is required for everyday so lessons aim to build on life skills through a practical and varied response.

Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to communicate and analyse information and ideas to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. We teach Maths through a daily lesson using a variety of teaching and learning strategies, one of which is ‘Big Maths’ which encourages the children to develop an excellent understanding of all aspects of number.

We follow a core curriculum format, returning to each topic with increasing depth and ensuring that every mathematical concept is introduced, reinforced, mastered, consolidated and extended through further investigation. We ensure all children experience appropriate practical and investigative problem solving activities, presented in both oral and written form. EYFS and KS1 are encouraged to develop outdoor skills for Maths and create real life opportunities for learning. We encourage children to learn number bonds and times tables and become confident in developing their own mental mathematics strategies, this is supported through online resources. Most of all we encourage children to enjoy Maths and learn to be confident, aspiring and creative mathematicians.

Our Maths curriculum planning is taken from Hamilton Trust. This scheme covers the key areas of Maths and means that teachers who job share can take responsibility for different areas of learning (this particularly comes into effect in Whale and Shark Class).

In Early Years, children are still assessed via the Development Matters framework, whereby the educational programme is split into 3 areas: numbers, patterns and connections and spatial reasoning.


Calculation Strategies

Hamilton Addition/Subtraction Calculation Strategy

Hamilton Multiplication/Division Calculation Strategy

What is a calculation strategy? How can it help ensure consistency and pedagogical rigour throughout school?
Hamilton's calculation strategies set out methods of mental and written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division from Year 1 through to Year 6. Articulated for each year group, these methods ensure consistency of teacher input and progression in pupil learning. They spell out the steps that children need to take to master these four operations. By ensuring that the language is pedagogically correct, the strategy helps teachers promote understanding in Key Stage 1, while laying the correct building blocks for understanding with greater sophistication in Key Stage 2.

Hamilton's addition/subtraction and multiplication/division calculation strategy documents make teaching easier for teachers and learning easier for pupils. The pairs of operations are presented as complementary functions that facilitate explanation and comprehension. Teachers and pupils both can easily see how one year builds on another. Teachers will have layout models that are clear and mathematically correct so that children do not build up misconceptions through their early years that they will need to unpick later.

Times Table Policy

Maths Displays Throughout School...

Helpful websites that are encouraged for use at home...

Times Table Rock Stars

BBC Bitesize - KS1

BBC Bitesize - KS2



Number Blocks

Outdoor Maths is also a very prominent part of our curriculum and we encourage this to be actively explored at home too. We use the outdoor environment to recognise shapes, create numbers using natural materials etc.





Our Vision

At Ireleth St Peter’s, through values rooted in Christian teaching, our community nurtures and enables positive foundations for life. Our distinct Christian ethos permeates throughout ISP.

Working together in successful partnership, our school family embraces the common goal of inspiring every child to reach their fullest potential, through God’s love.