Mathematics involves the development of logical thinking and the ability to make sense of the world. Numeracy is a key life skill, a tool for everyday life, a means of communicating information and of solving practical problems. Therefore, from earliest stages, we want children to become numerate, to be encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations and, consequently, to see the relevance of what they are being taught.

The National Curriculum for Maths emphasises mental agility and understanding the number system. Numeracy is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. We therefore want children to acquire a repertoire of computational skills and an ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.

The strands of maths studied during primary school will include:

  • Number
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Algebra

Investigations, problem-solving, games (including on PCs and tablets) and practical apparatus are additional resources and activities that will extend and enrich the children’s experiences in mathematics. In the new National Curriculum, efficient methods of calculation are introduced earlier than in previous years.

Mathematics is linked, where possible, to other areas of the curriculum (e.g. Science, Geography, History, PE), and children’s work can extend out of the classroom into the outdoor learning environment.

Children are required to learn key number facts by the end of given year groups and your support with this through helping with homework is much appreciated e.g by the end Y2 children should have embedded knowledge and speed recall of number bonds to 20 and be able to apply these when solving more complex problems with larger numbers e.g 13+7=20 therefore 130+70=200. By the end of Y4, all children should have speed recall of the multiplication facts to 12×12 and their derived division facts. By the end of Y6 children should be able to apply their knowledge of mathematics to solve complex problems including fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

As well as the number system and calculations using all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), algebra and geometry, statistics, measures and data handling are all key elements of the maths curriculum. The application of maths skills in problem solving is a key feature of lessons and children are taught to try to solve problems from an early age. By the time they are in Y3, children should be able to solve simple problems and before they leave us, children need to able to solve written problems involving two or more operations (multiple step problems) e.g. Sandwiches cost £1.70 each, whilst drinks cost £0.99. A family buys four sandwiches and three drinks. How much change will they get from £10.00?

Our aim is to provide a positive attitude towards the enjoyment and appreciation of mathematics. We want to give pupils a firm basis of knowledge and skills so that they become numerate and are confident to tackle real life maths problems now and in the future.

Please see below for further information.

Calculation Policy Rationale

Calculation Policy for Multiplication

Calculation Policy Division

Calc policy Subtraction

Calc policy Addition