The Saint John Fisher Philosophy

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


Mathematics teaching is timetabled for one hour every day, usually in the morning, in Key Stages 1 and 2.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing 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.

Our maths policy outlines our aims for the teaching of this curriculum.


The documents below give the progression for mental and written calculations that we use in school:

For further information about mathematics at St John Fisher Primary School, please contact
Mrs Howat, or Mrs Edge,

Big Maths and hardwiring basic skills

One of the biggest barriers to high standards in a primary school is the learning loss of basic skills. Finding time each week to revisit the recently learnt basic skills is not easy but is still vital! This is why we have set up the Big Maths Beat That system here.

All children have a short (10 minutes) daily big maths session. Big Maths provides a clear framework for getting all children numerate, along with a weekly assessment, i.e. a ‘progress check’ (Big Maths Beat That) that is linked into that framework.

At the moment we are teaching the ‘Learn Its’ in this big maths session. The ‘Learn Its’ cover all the addition and multiplication facts needed. Once a week the children take a big maths Learn Its challenge which assesses those essential facts that, once secure, will allow a child to continue their journey, tackling increasingly complex questions more logically and successfully. Teachers will ensure that the child can recall their Learn Its instantly before attempting the next challenge. In order to make this successful, children will be grouped so that they are focusing on learning a small set of facts, and learning these really well, so that they they can recall them instantly without the need for calculation. Children then find it fun and motivating to repeat and revisit questions they can already do as they seek to achieve their best ever score!

Because Big Maths Beat That allows every child to improve their score easily, children can feel great about their Maths. We even use fun jingles to motivate the children and add an extra fun dimension.

There are 15 steps of progression that every child is travelling along on their ‘Learn Its’ journey. Big Maths Beat That has an assessment for each step and so we can use it to find out the current step of the child. Which step have they mastered? Knowing precisely where a child is up to with their Maths ability is vital information for the child’s maths teacher. This is always the starting point for teaching maths.

Your child will know which learn-it they are currently working towards, here are the facts they need to master for each one:


Practise questions for different levels here:

Level 9 – quiz 1 multiple choice


The support parents and carers can give is of great benefit to a child’s mathematical development. Even if you don’t feel confident with mathematics, you can still make a huge difference to your child’s numeracy confidence and ability. This can involve being positive about mathematics, pointing out where we use mathematics in everyday life, and praising your child for their effort.

Information booklets have been given out to parents, which outline the key ideas in each year group and provide a range of practical and enjoyable ways in which you can support your child with learning mathematics at home. You can also access the booklets by clicking on the links below:


St John Fisher Primary School is an accredited Every Child Counts school. Every Child Counts is a nationally run programme to assist schools to help children who find mathematics difficult. Specially trained Teachers and Teaching Assistants give extra lessons to children who need help to catch up with their classmates. For further information view the ECC website.

We run several ECC mathematics intervention programmes:
Numbers Count, First Class@arithmetic and Success@arithmetic.

Our Numbers Count teacher is Mrs Howat. If you have any questions her contact details are

The Role of Parents & Carers

Numbers Count
Before your child starts Numbers Count, you will be invited to meet with the Head Teacher and the Numbers Count Teacher. This is to explain the programme and to find out more about your child. There will also be a discussion of your role in getting your child to school on time every day and supporting your child’s homework. When your child has started Numbers Count, they will sometimes bring home a mathematics activity to practise what they have learned. You will be asked to help them to do the activity and to talk about it. Later on, you will be invited to watch your child having a Numbers Count lesson. This will give you a chance to see how much they have learned and how they are being taught.

When your child has started 1stClass@Number, they will bring home a mathematics activity called a ‘Special Delivery’ each fortnight to practise what they have learned. You will be asked to help them to do the activity and to talk about it.