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Gary Bailey


National Curriculum Programmes of Study

The National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 organises learning in maths by year group. The aim is for children to move through the learning objectives at roughly the same pace, which can be achieved through skillful teaching to ensure tasks are accessible yet challenging for all children. The mastery approach of this curriculum focuses on a deep and broad understanding of concepts rather than a swift movement through the curriculum. 




Pupils of all ages should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. This is especially important when children are introduced to new maths concepts.





Pupils should build on the concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems. Children will be introduced to a variety of pictorial models and encouraged to use these independently as jottings.




With the foundations firmly laid, pupils should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence. 




The national curriculum for mathematics aims to 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.' 




The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

'reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.'


Problem Solving


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

'can 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.’  


Planning & Teaching Maths at St John's

Learning Walls

Assessment for Learning

Additional Adults



The Importance of Mental Maths


Maths Facts

Times Tables


Taking Maths Outdoors


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