We want all our children to develop a positive attitude to mathematics and see

themselves as ‘mathematicians.’ The National Curriculum [2014] recognises that

mathematics ‘[It] is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology

and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of

employment’. We aim to provide our children with a secure foundation for their

mathematical understanding and a lifelong love of the subject.


In Reception the children develop their understanding of the number system

and learn that we can represent numbers in different ways. There is, of course,

lots of counting 




Much of the children’s mathematical experience is through planned activities in

the learning environment. Practitioners support and extend concepts as the

children count, sort, classify and spot patterns to solve problems.

Addition guide

Subtraction guide

Division guide

Multiplication guide


In Key Stage 1 the children continue to develop their ‘number sense,’

particularly through an understanding of place-value, equivalence and the

relationships between operations, such as addition and subtraction. Again, we use a range of representations and equipment to support children in

constructing their understanding. As children meet new concepts they explore

them using practical apparatus before moving to the abstract signs and symbols.

We aim to provide the children with ‘rich’ tasks not only to consolidate

understanding of the number system but to develop reasoning and problem-solving

skills. The children are encouraged to talk about their learning as they

begin to decipher the ‘language’ of mathematics.


The overarching aims of the National Curriculum are for all children to develop

fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics [‘number sense’], to be able to

reason mathematically and be able to solve problems. But above all, we want the

children to develop confidence in mathematics and enthusiasm for the subject!

Supporting your child at home guide

Link to How to videos

Maths Passports

Maths Passports Info.

Maths Passport Reception

Maths Passport Y1

Maths Passport Y2