Welcome to Mathematics at St Augustine’s

At St Augustine’s, we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education so that children have a profound understanding of God’s world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the magnificence and power of mathematics, and a sense of delight and inquisitiveness about the subject. We understand that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology, engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

Our maths curriculum aims for:

  • Pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, 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 quickly and precisely
  • Pupils to be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, inferring relationships and generalisations, and developing explanation or proof using mathematical language
  • Pupils to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing complexity, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and being resolute in seeking solutions

White Rose Curriculum

At St Augustine’s, we follow the White Rose Maths Curriculum and adapt this to suit the needs of our school and our pupils. White Rose schemes of learning provide sequential blocks of learning; children continue to revisit each area of learning with increasing depth of understanding, following a spiral curriculum.

Each block provides sequential small steps towards meeting curriculum outcomes. Teachers use professional judgement to decide whether they are needed for their cohort how long to spend on each small step.

Each small step incorporates valuable support for teachers, including:

  • ‘Notes and Guidance’ which outline where the Small Steps sit in relation to prior and future years’ learning, supporting pitch and expectation;
  • ‘Mathematical Talk’ which provides prompt questions to support children to explain their thinking;
  • ‘Varied Fluency’ which enables children to meet concepts in a variety of ways;
  • ‘Reasoning & Problem Solving’ which offers opportunities to apply the small step’s learning in new contexts.

We use White Rose Maths as a framework for teaching because of its Concrete – Pictorial Abstract approach, which is fundamental to helping children build mental images in their heads, fully understand concepts and spot patterns easily.

Concrete representation: a pupil is first introduced to an idea or skill by acting it out with real objects. This is a ‘hands-on’ component using real objects and is a foundation for conceptual understanding.

Pictorial representation: a pupil has sufficiently understood the ‘hands-on’ experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem.

Abstract representation: a pupil is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example, 12 x 2 = 24. It is important that conceptual understanding, supported by the use of representation, is secure for all procedures. Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations.

For this reason, teachers use manipulatives to explain ideas and model techniques, and they are available in every lesson for children to use too. They provide a supportive scaffold for any learner who needs this at any point to achieve success. When children have grasped a concept, they are given opportunities to deepen their understanding through reasoning, problem-solving and investigative challenges.

Assessment: Assessment is ongoing with low-stakes retrieval quizzes within lessons to reinforce current or recent learning (e.g. White Rose’s ‘Flashback 4’), as well as using NTS assessments in years 1 – 6 at the end of each term to gather summative data.

Calculation Policies

We use the White Rose Calculation Policy when delivering our maths curriculum.  These documents give detailed information about the equipment, representations and written calculation methods used in each year group.

Please click here for: Addition and Subtraction Methods

Please click here for: Multiplication and Division Methods 

Maths at home


Times Tables Rockstars

Time Tables Rockstar s is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master their times tables! When it comes to times tables, speed and accuracy are so important.  Time Tables Rockstars is a carefully sequenced programme of times tables practice, completed through fun games and activities.



Numbots is a similar programme to TTRS, but this is designed to support children in developing their skills in addition, subtraction and number bonds.


One Minute Maths

One Minute Maths is a White Rose app which helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, oneminute chunks! Children can choose any topic they want to try. They then answer a unique series of questions (so it’s a different set of questions every time). When the one minute’s up, they’ll see a feedback screen telling them how they’ve done.


Please contact your child’s class teacher if you require your child’s log in details for TTRS or Numbots.