St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School
Tel 0117 353 2830
Absence Line 0117 353 2831


At St Bonaventure’s we follow the National Curriculum and believe that numeracy is essential for our children to progress in the future. We want every child to feel confident and fluent enough as mathematicians to contribute to engaging, varied and fun maths lessons, where they work together to explore links across the curriculum and apply their knowledge to new challenges. Each lesson or lesson block will cover fluency (secure knowledge and application of facts), reasoning (explaining the meaning behind maths concepts) and problem solving (using knowledge and skills in varied contexts).
Above all, we want all our children, teachers and families to know that maths is a creative and interesting pursuit, where there can be more than one way of looking at things; more than one strategy to solve a problem. Maths is not just about learning facts and getting an answer. Everyone at St Bon's is a mathematician.
Our Calculation Policy
Parents often wonder about how we present mathematical ideas, and what the methods and representations the children know from school mean. They can often be very different from what we older people learned at school! 
We follow the White Rose scheme in our maths lessons, which give a consistent set of various representations and methods which emphasise understanding over rote learning methods without understanding. 
Here are two guides to how we teach the four operations, and how you can help at home. Please take the time to look through these:
How can I help my child with maths at home?
Every week all children will be given homework to help secure, practise or extend the knowledge and skills they have been learning in school. We encourage you to find a regular time for them to complete this work, free from distractions. Please let them have a go on their own first, and if they are getting stuck or frustrated try to help in a hands-off way at first by asking them to think of what they have been doing in school this week. If they still need help do feel free to explain the methods and concepts to them, and try to explain why as much as possible if you can.
Here are some sites with help for parents for maths, activity ideas, questions, games and explainer videos. Remember, every child has an Ed Shed login which includes Maths Shed!
Times Tables
All KS2 children work on their times tables every week. We have five levels from Bronze to Kryptonite which progress in difficulty and subject area, to prepare them for the arithmetic skills of KS2. We practise our tables using the school iPads with Mr Harrison's KS2 Times Tables app. 
The most important thing to know is that we practise not just standard times tables facts, but the corresponding division facts and fractions facts. When they get full marks in under five minutes, three times, they will earn their award certificate in Praise Assembly. We have examples of each of our Times Tables tests below.
At St Bon's we believe that maths doesn't exist on its own – it is a creative tool which can help you work creatively in a huge range of subjects. Three times a year we hold STEAM Days (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) where we challenge each year group to put their maths skills into practise to answer a problem linked to our topic. So far our STEAM Days have been about:
  • The Hidden Figures of the Apollo Program
  • How to Save the Environment
  • Mountains