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Our maths curriculum allows children to practise their fluency skills, solve problems and reason with numbers on a daily basis. We aim to teach our children to become mathematicians with a solid conceptual understanding, rather than children who learn mathematical procedures. Lessons are taught to build on the children’s existing knowledge which develops their mathematical understanding in small manageable steps, resulting in confident mathematicians.



Children will be confident mathematicians and have opportunities practise their maths skills in a range of contexts, including play, using a range of manipulatives.

Children will be fluent with number to 10 and number patterns to 20 and able to show their depth of understanding.

Children will be able to talk about their thoughts and provide some simple reasoning using appropriate mathematical language when solving a practical problem.

In Key Stage One:

·         Children will become fluent in the core areas of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.

·         Children will reason mathematically using mathematical language e.g. ‘I know that… because…’

·         Children will solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing confidence.

·         Children will be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in foundation subjects.



·         Maths lessons begin with strong modelling from the class teacher which leads onto the ‘Talk Time’ section of the lesson where children can practise a skill and collaborate with their peers to discuss their understanding. Children are taught how to reason verbally and are encouraged to explain their understanding by using stem sentences to develop their oracy in maths.  Aim 2 of the National Curriculum is for pupils to be able to reason mathematically. In order to develop this, children need to be able to talk about mathematics. During this part of the lesson, children are encouraged to talk through their reasoning using mathematical vocabulary, with the support of stem sentences to help them to structure answers.

·         Once children are ready, the lesson moves onto the ‘Developed Learning’ section where procedural fluency between skills is a main focus. At this point, learning is differentiated to suit the needs of the individual child to ensure all children achieve and are confident learners. Differentiation is implemented through scaffolding and the level of depth at which tasks are pitched.

·         The final part of the lesson is called ‘Challenge Time’ where all learners are able to apply the skills they have learnt to solve complex mathematical problems successfully by reasoning and explaining how they solved it. The focus in our carefully planned sequences of teaching is to master a single concept and understand it in depth. We are proud to deliver lessons that provide the small building blocks required to develop a genuine conceptual understanding.

·         We understand the importance of using manipulatives to support children’s understanding of mathematical concepts, therefore these are available for children throughout all of our lessons, no matter of their age or ability.


As a result of the carefully structured lessons, high quality teaching and use of manipulatives to support learners, we ensure that our learners make good of better progress in lessons and we aim to inspire them to have a love for maths.

Maths Overview

Please click the links below to see an overview of the maths curriculum.

Maths Statement

EYFS Maths Overview

Year 1 Maths Overview

Year 2 Maths Overview

Long Term Planning

EYFS Maths Long Term Plan

Year 1 Maths Long Term Plan

Year 2 Maths Long Term Plan

 To download and print a copy of the above Number Tracing sheet please click on the following link:

Number Tracing Sheet


If you would like to use numicon at home to support with your child's learning you may wish use their printable resource. 


Maths Workshop

maths workshop tuesday 22nd sep.pdf


We have introduced NumBots as part of our Home Learning offer for Year 1 and Year 2, this is an online game which can be played little and often. Please click on the link below to find out some information about NumBots and how it can be used to support your child's recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. 

PowerPoint from NumBots Workshop

If you need your child's login details for NumBots then please speak to the school office. 


progression of key concepts in calculation.pdf

willesborough schools mathematics curriculum overview final.pdf