At Gastrells Community Primary School we understand the importance of teaching maths and how relevant it is to our daily lives.

Our objectives in the teaching of mathematics are to allow children to:

·         Enjoy maths

·         become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;

·         reason mathematically;

·         can solve problems by applying their mathematics.

·         have Mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy which allow success across the curriculum


For maths, we use a variety of planning resources as we believe that following one programme does not provide the bespoke teaching and learning experience that we want for our pupils. Using prior knowledge as a starting point for all future planning and teaching, we plan lessons which are required for all pupils to make progress. Our lessons follow a cycle of planning, to ensure that we can evidence progress over short and long periods of time. We capture data at 3 points across the year, but this will be in accordance with the needs of the child.

Lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Staff also refer to the Calculation Policy when teaching formal methods, understanding that sometimes children find their own efficient methods along the way. Each week recall activities are planned into learning. Children enjoy the weekly challenge and strive to improve their time and score each week. All children also have access to their own personal account of ‘Times Tables Rockstar’ where they can compete against other pupils and classes in school. At Gastrells we employ a variety of teaching styles and opportunities for children to learn and develop their Mathematical skills and competencies, both individually and collaboratively. The main aim of all lessons is to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills, applying these to a variety of contexts. One of the key elements in lessons throughout the school should be on developing the children’s mental calculation strategies alongside developing the children’s written calculation strategies

The progression maps are structured using the topic headings as they appear in the National Curriculum:

Number and Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Fractions (including decimals and percentages)

Ratio and Proportion


Geometry – properties of shapes

Geometry – position and direction



Our pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.

Concrete children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach


The impact of the school’s curriculum can be seen in the books they produce and the outcomes for all groups of pupils within the school. Everything we do is with the child at mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.

Pupil progress through ongoing assessment and through three key assessment points during the year. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning identified through assessments to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.