St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Subject Leader - Mrs T Roberts

St Pius X Catholic Primary School - Vision Statement for Mathematics


We want every child to have a range of learning strategies: working both cooperatively, collaboratively and independently. We aim to build confidence in mathematics where children can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language. Finally, we want pupils to have an understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

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

As a school, we now use the White Rose Maths Scheme. Below find the document showing how progression in skills develops as it moves up through the school.  

Times tables Rock Stars

To aid us with our times tables as a school we are using 'Times tables Rock Stars'.

What is it?

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

We have a 'Champion Rock Star' weekly celebrating the pupil who has done the most time practising their times tables. 

Assessment in Mathematics 

We use the PUMA assessments termly for summative assessment of all pupils. Our formative assessment is ongoing.

Information for Parents 

Homework in this subject, due to the current situation, is in the form of a fluency test to practise for and also time using Times Tables Rock Stars. The app Showbie is used both in school and at home to share work with the pupils.