St Alban's Catholic Primary School

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Rationale & Intent



Our Mathematics teaching is inspired by the Singapore and Shanghai approach to Mathematics. To support this, we teach a mastery approach using the White Rose Maths Programme which is recommended by the Maths Hub, who we work in partnership with.


Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations.

We believe in a 'hands on' approach to learning, where pupils use a variety of concrete objects, such as dienes and place value counters, to enable them to visualise new concepts before moving on to abstract ones. Children’s chances of success are maximised if they develop deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts.


At St Alban's, we’re shaping assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.

Curriculum Intent:


Through our teaching at St. Alban's we aim 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 develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • 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.