released last year revealed that the poorest pupils in Asia are generally far ahead of pupils in the UK in basic numeracy, despite the vast difference in resources available to them. Why is that? Rather than blaming this on “cultural differences” we believe that the real answer is more prosaic. Asian schools focus on the traditional basics; pupils learn their times tables by heart, and they undergo regular tests and challenges. In the UK, we are beginning to rediscover the merits of learning by heart as an indispensable part, though indeed only a part, of any serious educational experience; educational organisations like Mathematics Mastery
are an encouraging development. We will use a similar ethos with the Mathematics curriculum at St.Joseph, enabling every pupil to fulfil his or her mathematical potential.
More details on the year by year curriculum are here and this blog post on the matter is worth reading.