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Curriculum Intent

The new National Curriculum states 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.”

Following the introduction of the new National Curriculum in 2014 the emphasis has been to ensure that all children:

  • Become FLUENT
  • REASON and EXPLAIN mathematically

This means that children need to be regularly exposed to opportunities involving increasingly complex problem solving which allows them to apply their Maths knowledge. In doing so they should be encouraged to develop an argument and line of enquiry which they can prove and justify using mathematical vocabulary. This includes the ability to break down problems, both routine and non-routine, into a series of steps.


We want to teach Maths in a way that:

  • delivers Maths in line with new National Curriculum guidelines
  • challenges children to stretch themselves and take risks in their learning
  • creates a sense of awe and wonder surrounding Maths
  • creates a lively, exciting and stimulating environment
  • ensures children in Key Stage 1 are secure in their understanding of number and number relationships
  • develops mental strategies
  • encourages children to use mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain
  • allows time for partner talk in order to stimulate and develop a curiosity for
  • ensures the delivery of Maths is filled with cross curricular opportunities


The Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS Statutory Framework 2014 sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old and supports an integrated approach to early learning. This is supported by the ‘Development matters’ non-statutory guidance.

The EYFS Framework in relation to mathematics aims for our pupils to:

  • develop and improve their skills in counting
  • understand and use numbers
  • calculate simple addition and subtraction problems
  • describe shapes, spaces, and measures


EYFS Overview for Mathematics


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Year 1 overview for mathematics

Year 2 overview for mathematics

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

Year 3 overview for mathematics

Year 4  overview for mathematics

Year 5 overview for mathematics

Year 6 overview for mathematics

Times tables challenge

In Year 3 and 4 the children take part in a weekly Times Table Challenge. The children work their way through their times tables using question taken from Times Table Rockstars, moving up to the next stage when they made good progress on the previous one.

All children from Year 2 – 6 have access to the online Times Table Rockstars resource (passwords and logins can be found in their home/school diaries). Here the children can practice times tables set by their teacher, challenge themselves to improve their ‘Rock Speed’, take part in ‘Battle of Bands’ competitions across classes and year groups and challenge their friends (and teachers) to ‘Rock Slams’. We celebrate the children’s progress and attainment in our weekly celebration assembly along with monthly awards for the most ‘active’ class.

Having a good understanding of times tables underpins a significant amount of learning in maths and the new National Curriculum from 2014 states that: ‘By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table.’ We would therefore actively encourage you to practice your times tables with your children at home. Further information for helping your child with their times tables can be found in the ‘Helping your child with their times tables’ section of the website.


Number facts Challenge

In Years One and Two, in order to improve mathematical fluency, the children should learn addition facts to 20.  Addition Facts for Years 1 and 2 shows you which facts should be learnt in each year.

Year One have already implemented a weekly Number Facts Addition Challenge which the children enjoy taking part in. We have seen a huge improvement in their number fact knowledge which in turn helps the children have a deeper understanding of numbers and the way they relate to each other.

Number Facts Addition Challenge is a practice challenge for you to carry out at home. Each time the children take the challenge they should try to beat their previous score. Once they can complete the challenge in under five minutes, they should try to beat their time. Have fun!


Progression in calculation policy

The following Progression in Calculation policy has been written to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It is designed to give a consistent and smooth progression of learning in calculations from EYFS through to Year 6.


Read our Calculation Policy here


Recent Projects


Number Day

Our children and staff took part in the NSPCC Number Day. We joined thousands of schools for a mega maths-inspired fundraising day to raise money for the NSPCC.



Whole School Maths Workshops - The Coding Box 

Children in Reception through to Year 6 had the exciting opportunity to work in teams and solve a number of different challenges. They worked together to solve number of puzzles and play games which required problem solving and team work.



The children in Year 3 to Year 6 had to link together a series of clues to crack codes on various sealed box locks. They had a variety of challenges and had to escape before the clock counted down to zero, by cracking the code of the final lock. Well done to all pupils who collaborated and did not give up even when it was really challenging! Fun was had by all.   




How Parents Can Help

We recognise the importance of times table knowledge in the development of mental strategies within children’s learning.  To encourage these skills, we practise times tables daily and have a Key Stage 2 Times Tables Challenge every half term. Children compete to win a trophy and the winning class’s photograph is displayed in the Atrium.

There are many ways to help children at home with Maths.  Try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. Talk about Maths at home and place into real-life contexts:

  • Take children shopping and talk about the quantities and cost of anything bought.
  • Point out the different shapes and containers found around the home.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates, notice patterns.
  • Tell the time, look at timetables/calendars and discuss duration of different events. 

Further Support And Useful Weblinks