At Wales Street Primary School, we believe that Mathematics provides a way of explaining and analysing the world around us. During the primary years, we aim to provide students with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts while developing fluency applying basic skills in a range of situations, including problem solving tasks. Teachers try to nurture an appreciation of the role of mathematics in driving technological change and the role it has in daily life.

Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills as lifelong learners.

The IB Mathematics curriculum

Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives. The curriculum also provides students, as lifelong learners, with the basis on which further study and research in mathematics and applications in many other fields are built. The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
  • see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
  • acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
  • appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy


Mathletics is a tool that is regularly used by teachers at Wales Street Primary School. Your child can participate in ‘Live Mathletics’ which encourages skill fluency, complete tasks set by the classroom teacher or consolidate their own learning by choosing lessons that they would like to complete.

The Mathletics website also has a fantastic parent blog with suggestions about how you can develop mathematical understandings and skills in every day life.

Tens frames games

These games are designed to help students develop their understanding of 10. There are also links to printable 10’s frames you can use at home.

30+ things to do with a hundreds chart

There are a range of activities here that are great for students who are developing their understanding of numbers to 100.