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At St George's, we follow a mastery approach for Maths. Children are taught the curriculum within their year group, with tasks of varying difficulties, and support is given where needed through concrete resources, discrete teaching of skills and adult intervention. Challenge is a big part of our maths teaching as we want our children to show bravery when taking risks with their learning and build resilience to persevere and try again. We encourage lots of partner talk and whole class discussion, and as teachers, we are here to guide and facilitate children’s discovery of all things maths!


We teach through three key areas called 'Spines'. 

Spine 1: Number, Addition and Subtraction

Spine 2: Multiplication and Division

Spine 3: Fractions 


We spend longer on units to ensure mastery and fluency. Space, shape and measure are taught through the above spines as context. 

Maths homework is set which will enable children time to practise and apply taught skills. Non-negotiables, attached at the bottom of this page, are what we deem necessary for all children to know by the end of their current year group in order for them to be secure in all areas of the maths curriculum before starting their new academic year. 


Visit your child's individual class page to find out what they are learning at the moment  and download our Maths Curriculum at the bottom of the page to find out more!



Maths is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths these are:

  • Numbers - children learn to count and the value of numbers, higher and lower. These skills support them to solve problems, use money and calculate more or less.

  • Shape, Space and Measure - these skills support children to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems.

Popcorn Education Timestables

Timestables is a big focus for our school and our aim is that all children know up to 12x12 by heart, by the end of Year 4. We do weekly timestable speed tests at school, where children are encouraged to beat their personal best. 


We use Mathletics to assist online learning of maths. We set weekly homework using this platform and time in school is spent accessing the videos and activities. This particular programme is useful for repetition of key skills such as calculation and understanding number. 

Check out the Stars of the Week page to see our Mathletics Leader table!


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St George's Church of England Primary School

Coleman Road, Camberwell, London SE57TF

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