At St Helen’s Catholic Primary School we aim to:

  • Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, cross-curricular learning, exploration and discussion.
  • Develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts in line with the National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study.
  • Promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
  • Develop the ability to think mathematically: solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
  • Develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
  • Explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
  • Understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life and promote mathematical thinking as a life skill.
  • To use mathematics as part of their everyday life in school and at home.
  • Maths contributes to many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities are explored in order to draw mathematical experiences out of a wide range of activities. This will allow children to use and apply mathematics in real life contexts.


The core of our planning is the National Curriculum. ‘Busy Ant Maths’ is a whole school programme of study, which we use across the school. It is used to ensure progression and mastery whilst ensuring the curriculum objectives are delivered. Teachers use ‘Busy Ant Maths’ online planning and assessment tools. Busy Ants is delivered during four lessons a week with consolidation on the fifth day. However, lessons will often be longer or shorter than this, depending on the nature of what is being taught.