Mathematics is a vital life skill and accordingly it is our aim at St Paul’s to ensure that children leave our school with an excellent mathematical understanding of the basic concepts of mathematics and the knowledge of how to apply them in real life. Our mathematical journey begins in Reception where we use practical mathematical apparatus to begin to secure their understanding of mathematics. Once they have a good grasp of these concepts, children then begin to find ways of recording what they have found out using practical methods. This can often be using pictures to show what they have learned. The next stage in the process is for the children to begin to use numbers and mathematical symbols to represent their learning. This process of moving from the concrete to the pictorial to the symbolic is repeated all throughout their time at primary school to ensure that new learning is properly embedded. We teach maths each day using a range of resources to support children’s learning. We have Numicon (a colour-coded counting and calculating resource), Base 10 equipment to support the understanding of place value and we have a ‘Visual Calculation Policy’ to support the stages of calculation and strengthen mental skills. We have problem solving investigations each week. We endeavour to chant tables regularly to ensure multiplication table facts are secure. Our ultimate aim is for children to enjoy mathematics and realise its place in their daily lives. As much as possible, maths is taught in a cross curricular fashion, for example completing surveys of the class in science lessons and using the data collected to record their results in many ways. In order to help the children to use mathematics in context, every Friday we have a problem solving day in which teachers allow the children to investigate different mathematical theories and use the skills that they have learned in a real life situation. To ensure that the teaching of mathematics is progressive and uniform we have introduced a visual calculation policy to support the stages of calculation and strengthen mental skills. We ensure that children are confident in each stage of their learning before we introduce more complex material.