Our Lady & St. Werburgh's Catholic Primary School

Fiat Voluntas Dei - May God's will be done

Seabridge Lane, Clayton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 4AG

(01782) 973 888



At Our Lady and St Werburgh's, our teachers follow Power Maths as the main scheme to support our teaching of Maths Mastery. Power Maths is designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in Maths which offers:

  • An enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
  • A continuous and embedded approach to teacher support and professional development throughout.
  • Child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to Maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of Maths concepts. 
  • Half‑termly and end of year tests to reliably track your children’s progress against Age Related Expectations.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims 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

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.

The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.  However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.

Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

Key Instant Recall Facts

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS) are designed to support the development of the mental Mathematics skills and key knowledge that underpin much of the Maths work in schools. At Our Lady and St Werburgh's, we use KIRFs frequently to help develop our children's fluency and rapid recall of key facts. Please click the links below to access the KIRFs for your child's class:

Year 1 KIRFs

Year 2 KIRFs

Year 3 KIRFs

Year 4 KIRFs

Year 5 KIRFs

Year 6 KIRFs

Progression in Maths

Calculation Policies

Please take a look at the relevant calculation policy attached below. The policies demonstrate how we use concrete and pictorial representations to enable children to access abstract mathematical concepts. They show how these ideas progress from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two and can also be used by parents to support learning at home. 


Key Stage 1 Calculation Policy

Lower Key Stage 2 Calculation Policy (Years 3 and 4)

Upper Key Stage 2 Calculation Policy (Years 5 and 6)


Progression in Mathematics Grid

Please see below our Progression in Mathematics grid, which demonstrates the specific intent of age-related expectations to inform our teaching of Mathematics: