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Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems.

Teaching and Learning

Mathematics is a National Curriculum core subject.  In the Primary Framework for Mathematics (2006) the subject is divided into seven strands of learning (this is subject to change with the new curriculum in 2013):

  • Using and applying mathematics
  • Counting and understanding number
  • Knowing and using number facts
  • Calculating
  • Understanding shape
  • Measuring
  • Handling data

These strands are taught by giving children opportunities to:

  • Apply their knowledge to a wide range of real life situations.
  • Choose appropriate equipment and methods for the task including kinaesthetic resources.
  • Communicate and justify their findings in a manner appropriate to their age and ability, showing greater clarity and accuracy of meaning.
  • Record their work in appropriate ways for a variety of purposes, with a high emphasis on the quality of presentation.


Maths across the Curriculum

Although the mathematics curriculum is organised as a discrete subject, there are many potential cross-curricular activities.  Making links between areas of learning deepens children’s understanding by providing opportunities to reinforce and enhance learning.  Learning is enhanced by:

  • Giving further opportunities to practise taught skills in a purposeful way in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Providing real experiences, context and meaning for the development of core mathematical skills.
  • Assisting memory through providing opportunities for children to use skills in a different context.
  • Providing opportunities for the application of knowledge in new contexts, to involve children in higher order thinking skills, such as reasoning and problem solving.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to recognise and develop key aspects of learning, e.g. looking for patterns and relationships, problem solving and reasoning.

Please click here to view the Numeracy Policy.

Written Calculations Policy

Help your child at home with the calculation methods we use in school. Please click here to view the Written Calculations Policy.