Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

Cathedral Primary School Mathematics 

“Go deep down into anything and you will find mathematics.”
Dean Schlicter


At Cathedral Primary School, we aim for all children to become confident, resilient and curious mathematical thinkers. Pupils will come to appreciate the beauty of Mathematics as a lifelong tool and interdisciplinary device for understanding the world around them. They will learn to make rich connections and apply this, and their ever-increasing fluency, to investigate and solve a variety of problems. Throughout all children’s mathematical endeavours, they will show the ability to reason using appropriate and accurate language.

“The study of maths, like the Nile, starts in minuteness but ends in magnificence.”
Charles Caleb Colton

How we do this

We follow the NCETM's curriculum which involves the whole class working together on lessons designed around the NCETM's 5 Big Ideas for Mastery. These aim to help all children achieve a deep and interconnected understanding of mathematics.


The best learning takes place through rich mathematical discussion. The children will be encouraged to explain their answers and make justifications. They will learn to challenge each other's mathematical thinking and to have their thinking challenged. Through discussion, the children will explore misconceptions and work towards mathematical generalisations.


Fluency, both procedural and conceptual, is of the utmost importance in maths, particularly when it comes to gaining confidence. For this reason, a big emphasis will be put on learning number facts. The children will then learn how to use those facts to infer other facts. Good knowledge of number facts will allow children to calculate rather than count when they encounter mathematical problems. We use the Number Sense Maths Programme to help children build fluency.

Problem Solving

We aim to give the children the skills to tackle increasingly complex problems. This involves applying reasoning skills, trying different methods and resilience in the face of struggle.  We want them to enjoy the process and not give up. After all, it took 300 years for someone to solve Fermat’s Last Theorem.

We encourage the children to work in groups or pairs when solving problems because mathematics is a collaborative affair and we learn best when we are a community of mathematicians.

Our Curriculum Maps

“Nature is written in mathematical language,”
Galileo Galilei

KS1 Top Tips & Games!

To help you with Mathematics learning at home, here are some top tips to support and some helpful websites filled with fun and engaging games!


KS2 Tips & Games!

In KS2 we expect you to be practicing your times tables daily. There are lots of websites and fun games you can use to support with this (see below).

Please see the YouTube Channel link below. This will support with your home learning that your class teacher provides. It gives helpful hints and games you can play at home as well as showing you how to calculate using specific methods.

Please see below for some useful website links and games:

  • Practise your times tables daily – there is no such thing as too much.
  • Use to find hundreds of math games and activities.
  • Roll a dice whatever number you roll multiply it by 100 (or 1000). Then see how many different ways you can make that number using all four operations.
  • Answer a fermi question ( such as How many balloons would it take to fill the small hall? How many hairs are on your head? How many grains of rice in a 10kg bag? (There are plenty more on the website)
  • Try a live problem on the nrich website. Many of them are interactive and you have the opportunity to submit a solution that might get published.

Maths Week 2019

We had a wonderful Mathematics-filled week at school. Every class completed some cross-curricular Maths challenges.

We also had a surprise visit from Captain Morgan who lost his Good Ship Mathematics. All the children had to complete challenges set by the pirate to help him recover his ship. Below are a selection of photos from the week.

Parent Guides


Year 1 : Addition and Subtraction

Year 2: Multiplication

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Column Subtraction