At Castle we share the belief that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.

It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 

As a cornerstone of our primary curriculum we, at Castle, aim to support all children to become confident and creative mathematicians. Our teaching approaches are designed to support children to notice the key links and the interconnectivity of this vast subject area. There are five facets that are integral to our approach of subject area they are:

  • To be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; this includes written calculation strategies and basic number facts such as number bonds and times tables.
  • To be able to reason mathematically; by following a line of enquiry and using accurate mathematical language to explain ideas and strategies used. This often takes the form of talk maths lessons or collaborative maths sessions.
  • To gain confidence when problem solving; quite simply there would be no fun without pitting our wits against a problem. Much of the problem -solving work we do at Castle is based on discussion and links directly to our aim of reasoning mathematically. Children in every year group are exposed to open ended problems based on real life challenges that require creativity along with mathematical understanding. Problems are linked when possible to topic areas being studied. We take great pride in our children’s ability to not only solve problems but create them (mathematical problems obviously) and many of our math displays reflect the investigative approach that allows our children to see themselves as mathematicians.
  • To have a strong understanding of mental maths strategies; in many cases this will be the most useful mathematical tool that we can supply our children with. To help our children adopt mental approaches we use many visual models as well as physical movement and a full range of practical equipment to understand the relationship between numbers and the four operations.
  • To play; we always aim to have an element (or a whole heap) of playing within our maths curriculum that includes regular outdoor and big maths sessions. It is essential to move our children away from the ‘old school’ view of mathematics, ‘that it is for a select few’. It is through playing with mathematical ideas that we are able to engage a wide range of children into this fascinating and rewarding subject.

Our aim is for children to become confident mathematicians who choose to challenge themselves at every opportunity.


For further information please contact the school on 01782 433218 or email with your request.


For more details of each year group’s termly objective coverage, either visit class pages or download the maths assessment grids below.

Click on the links below to access Mathematics games and resources.

Key Stage 2 Links


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Key Stage 1 Links

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Contact the School

Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

SEN Contact: Mrs Melanie Lord

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