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Curriculum Overview

Maths Curriculum Overview

Our aim is the development of concepts, skills and knowledge in Mathematics
but we also hope to develop a positive attitude to this subject. We see
Mathematics as a key life skill and our aim is for our children to achieve a secure
foundation in numeracy. To help us to ensure that our children become
properly numerate we use The National Curriculum.
We help our children to acquire confidence and competence with numbers
and measures, an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of
computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in
a variety of contexts. Our children are also taught practical understanding of
the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring. They
are shown how to present this information in graphs, diagrams, charts and


The Daily Maths Lesson

All children are taught a daily mathematics lesson lasting between 45 and 60
minutes depending on the age of the children.
Teachers teach the whole class together for a high proportion of the time. We
aim to spend as much time as possible in direct teaching which is oral,
interactive and lively.
We hope parental support will be given by helping with homework that will
extend the children’s skills and knowledge.
In Years 1, 2, 3 and 4, our children are grouped into three distinct maths sets
according to ability. The groupings are reviewed on a regular basis.
The Mathematics teaching in the school covers the following areas;
number, measurement and geometry. This starts
with practical apparatus to help the development of concepts and this
equipment is withdrawn as the children’s skill level increases and they are
able to deal with abstract problems and extended study.
In all years we encourage work at home on a variety of tasks designed to
develop mental skills, mathematical patterns, tables work and quick number
The children are encouraged to become active learners in the field of
measurement where the work includes weight, capacity, time, area, length,
money, 2D and 3D shapes, volume and symmetry. Teachers prepare materials to suit the
abilities of the children in their class with reference to the requirements of the
National Curriculum.