Mathematics Subject Lead: Mrs E. Leslie

NNWMaths Hub -  Embedding Mastery Stage

Mathematics Subject Leadership Course

Effective Maths training & monitoring - half termly

Our Vision:

At St Bees Primary School we are passionate that our children leave Primary school with a secure, deep understanding of the fundamental mathematical concepts and procedures; allowing the children to see the transferability of their skills into real life contexts. Enabling children to enjoy maths and be inspired, meeting any challenges with the skills and confidence gained at St Bees Primary School.

A high quality Mathematical curriculum develops pupils’ numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics. “Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of histories intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, engineering and necessary for most forms of employment”

- NC England 18 July 2018.


Below is a sample of children's work showing a range of efficient methods used to calculate. As well as, some examples of marking stickers used to extend learning further or make corrections. 


What St Bees pupils say about Mathematics: 

Whole School Curriculum Plan 


Mathematics in the Early Years

The majority of children enter Reception class having been introduced to numbers and counting; shapes and measures etc. Some are also beginning to use mathematical language such as identifying and drawing simple shapes. Children are eager to explore and are beginning to talk about Maths in the world around them.

The robust start that Preschool provides children, enables them to enter Reception class ready to continue and build on their strong grounding to excel mathematically. In Reception class, children are introduced to further structured Maths activities; we have discovered that our children require more in-depth learning and challenge as a result of their strong start in Preschool and children already grasping the cardinal principle - for example:


Child A (4 years) was painting a winter scene, she added some splodges to her picture (snowballs). She then proceeded to count the snowballs – pointing to each snowball as she counted.

Child A - “I think I have 17 snow balls”

The practitioner then counted with her to discover she had 16 snowballs. Child A said “Oh I missed number 15”


Therefore, teachers use a range of resources and their expertise to plan for mastery in mathematics – providing rich opportunities for children to enhance their mathematical learning, whilst building on the children’s interests. This ensures children acquire positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, fostering a positive relationship with Maths where children aren’t afraid to ‘have a go’ and make connections.

As a result of the seamless transition, robust communication and engaging activities; the majority of the children leaving Reception meet the Early Learning Goals – ready to start their Effective Maths journey.

Preschool Mathematics Curriculum Plan

Reception Mathematics Curriculum Plan

Some photographs below showing Maths activities in the Early Years linked to the story Jack and The Bean Stalk. 

Children explored the number 5. They worked with magic jelly beans to discover there were several ways  to make the number 5 . Children were able to identify lots of different combinations but they all had the same total of 5. E.g: 1 green jelly bean, 2 yellow jelly beans, 2 red jelly beans. 

Children also created pictograms and were able to make deductions based on their graphs e.g.: "Summer is the favourite season because it is a longer line."