Soho Parish Primary

Soho Parish Primary


As a core curriculum subject, Mathematics is given a high priority throughout the school. We aim to give each child the skills and knowledge to be fluent mathematicians, who are equipped and confident problem solvers.

Wherever possible we relate mathematical knowledge and skills to 'real world' problems, both to motivate children by contextulaising the subject as well as to equip them with the necessary skills to help them in later life. For example, we organise an annual Enterprise week where all children are encouraged to apply their mathematical skills to raise as much money for charity and the school as possible.

By using statutory curriculum criteria and other relevant planning documentation, we ensure that every year group covers and builds on each area of mathematics. In addition we strongly support the theory that mental computation is the foundation of being numerate. Similarly, we consider the application of mathematics to problem solving and reasoning.

The overall aim is that when children leave primary school they:

  • - have a secure knowledge of number facts and a good understanding of the four operations;
  • - are able to use this knowledge and understanding to carry out calculations mentally, to apply
  •   general strategies when using one-digit and two-digit numbers and particular strategies to special
  •   cases involving bigger numbers;
  • - make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and part answers when using mental
  •   methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads;
  • - have an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation that they can
  •   apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry out mentally.


All classrooms reflect mathematical learning and teaching. Teachers use displays as working walls to reinforce, model and extend the children’s current learning. Collaborative and independent methods of working are taught and encouraged within and across ability groups.

At Key Stage 2 we teach children across year groups, placing children with others who have similar abilities to accelerate their progress.

In order to deliver all areas of the Mathematics National Curriculum (number, shape, space, measures, handling data and using and applying mathematics), we use a mixture of topic work and subject-based activities. Wherever possible, mathematics is integrated into other areas of the curriculum.