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How we teach Maths

We aim to develop confident mathematicians who are passionate about their learning. We do this by continuing to develop their conceptual understanding (models, images and manipulatives are key to securing understanding and fluency), by providing opportunities for mathematical reasoning and problem solving and by providing ‘real-life’ mathematical scenarios.


  • Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have a daily maths lesson in their classrooms which is differentiated to suit the abilities of each child.

  • Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have an additional mental maths session once per week. They may work with other children across their year group for this and it is a fast-paced session with the aim of improving rapid mental recall.

  • We use a variety of resources across the school to introduce mathematical concepts, such as Numicon, Dienes and Cuisenaire Rods. Children are encouraged to use these during their maths activities.

  • Children are given Tools for Success that link directly to the learning objective. These are used for self, peer and teacher assessment.

  • Our detailed marking celebrates success (tickled pink) and provides children with their next step (green for growth). Children are expected to respond to teacher marking, specifically looking for a green dot where corrections need to be made.

  • Basic Skills assessments are carried out 3 x per year where the children will complete a ‘Speed Sheet’. Teachers will then use these to plan a focused 3-week block of number work in order to target areas of development. The children’s progress over these 3 weeks will be assessed with the same ‘Speed Sheet’ at the end. These are kept in the children’s books so they can celebrate the progress they have made and continue to work on their next steps.

  • Children are set maths targets based on their ‘Speed Sheets’. These are displayed in their maths books in Key Stage 1 and their Planners in Key Stage 2.

  • The whole school Calculation Policy is used to ensure consistency across the school. This outlines expectations for each year group and explains how models and images can be used to teach key concepts.