At St Charles we aim for our children to develop a curiosity for and love of mathematics, recognising its importance in the wider world. We want them to be able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that allows our children to develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics whilst also encouraging resilience and perseverance when faced with mathematical challenges.

Mathematics is one of the core subjects of our school curriculum. Much emphasis is put on the acquisition of sound concepts in number, all forms of measurement (length, weight, area, volume, capacity, time) and shape. To achieve this aim the children are given plenty of practical experience, and are encouraged to discuss their observations and to consider further possibilities. They also learn to record their work – as calculations, as graphs, and using appropriate units. Their knowledge and understanding, at every level, is continually challenged by problem solving and investigational work. Our curriculum includes the following:-


Ordering, matching, counting.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication & division of both whole numbers & fraction and percentages.


Time, length, capacity & volume, weight, area and reading scales.


Patterns and symbols, inverse operations, simple formulae, co-ordinates and generating sequences.

Shape and Space

Sorting and classifying 2-D and 3-D shapes. Angles, symmetry, bearings, reflection, congruence, rotational & reflective symmetry. Area, perimeter and volume.

Handling Data

Collecting and recording data leading to a frequency table, block graph, Venn diagram tree diagram or Carroll diagram. Interpreting this data.

Accessing information in a simple data base. Constructing and interpreting statistical diagrams. Calculating mean and range of a set of data.

In Mental Maths we aim to help children to become masterful at calculations and to acquire skills such as estimation and approximation.

We recognise the importance of Mathematics in everyday life, and promote the ability to handle money, read timetables, understand percentages and take measurements etc.

Our aim is that the children in our care will develop a positive attitude towards Mathematics, and find the subject useful, enjoyable and challenging.