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We organise mathematical learning over the course of the year into two cycles. In the first cycle we cover most of the curriculum, leaving a few areas of learning for the second cycle when we also revisit objectives that proved challenging earlier in the year and extend, broaden and deepen understanding. We group aspects of learning into five projects, each presented to pupils as a spider diagram that is used to help pupils make connections and understand how learning fits together. Pupils also use the diagram to record their progress through the unit of work. 


Example spider diagram 












Most projects include an operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division) and a further aspect of the maths curriculum. The projects for KS1 and KS2 are shown below: 

Key Stage 1 

Addition taught with number and place value

Subtraction taught with measuring 

Multiplication taught with money 

Division taught with fractions and geometry 

Calculations catch up taught with time, statistics and position 

Key Stage 2 

Place value

Addition taught with fractions, decimals and percentages 

Subtraction taught with measurement 

Multiplication taught with geometry 

Division taught with statistics 


We have worked closely with the local authority and the Archimedes Maths Hub to develop mixed aged planning documents that support our teachers and those from other schools. They are available to download here.


The Daily Maths Lesson 

Our maths curriculum is organised in such a way that the daily maths session usually covers three main aspects of maths:

  1. Times tables (approx. 5 minutes)
  2. Calculation methods (approx. 15 minutes)
  3. The main focus (e.g. algebra, shape, measurement, etc) 


Calculation Methods

We have a consistent approach to the use of written calculation methods which is designed to give children accurate and efficient methods with which to tackle more complex problems. A display of age appropriate calculation methods is available in every classroom and is available to parents as a Calculation Policy


Mental Maths and Target Sheets

Good knowledge of some key number facts and the ability to access this information quickly makes a huge difference to pupils' ability to tackle more challenging problems. We use mental maths knowledge in every lesson and also set maths targets to work on with a follow up assessment every couple of weeks. Each pupil has a maths target sheet, linked to their current level of learning, in their home-school link book.  Additional copies of the maths target sheets are available to download/print by clicking on the links below.

  Maths target sheet 1 - astronaut selection

       Maths target sheet 4 - venus

      Maths target sheet 7 - jupiter

   Maths target sheet 10 - neptune

  Maths target sheet 2 - launch pad

       Maths target sheet 5 - earth

      Maths target sheet 8 - saturn

   Maths target sheet 11 - the milky way

  Maths target sheet 3 - mercury

       Maths target sheet 6 - mars

      Maths target sheet 9 - uranus



Problem Solving

Problem solving and reasoning is at the heart of mathematical learning. We build problem solving into lessons whenever possible, though the way we present a task or question, in real life situations and through traditional word problems. We always encourage pupils to view problems as a puzzle and a project that they are 'working on' rather than stuck with. Pupils are able to access a display of problem solving strategies in every classroom. 


For further information about Mathematics, please contact our subject leader, Mr Gordon Stainsby.

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