Mathematics is the ability to appreciate and be able to communicate about the usefulness, power and beauty of patterns, numbers and pictures

Intent: The mathematics curriculum will ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions;
  • Recognise how mathematics permeates the world around them.

Pupils’ Version

I can have a secure understanding of number and mathematical  concepts to solve problems and apply these when required in real-life contexts



Teachers will:

  • Use the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to enable pupils to explore mathematics using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts;
  • Model and provide opportunities for pupils to communicate confidently and fluently [with a secure sense of number] to explore relationships and generalise;
  • Plan high-quality provision that excites, challenges and requires deep thinking through contextual variation of task; 
  • Model a positive attitude to mathematics and equip children with the confidence and resilience to take risks and persist;
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to make rich connections across the areas of mathematics and use their knowledge across other subjects in the curriculum;
  • Ensure that pupils are able to calculate accurately and efficiently, knowing when a mental strategy, jottings or a formal written method is appropriate;
  • Model how to communicate mathematically using the correct vocabulary, pictures and diagrams to explain their thinking where appropriate applying logical and critical thinking;
  • Use questioning to: probe thinking, challenge, extend upon given answers, clarify, assess and support generalisation.


Pupils will:

  • Make good progress from their starting points and achieve well;
  • Use mathematics confidently in their everyday life to have choices, plan and make decisions and to operate successfully in our world. They will use digital technology discerningly to access wider reading materials;
  • Have a good understanding of mathematics and use it to help them secure employment using digital technology where appropriate.