Deanesfield Primary School

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At Deanesfield Primary School we want children to become fluent mathematicians, who can problem solve and reason confidently, in a way that all children can experience success.


The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement.


We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging using the White Rose planning schemes but adapt these to suit the needs of the children in our classes. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to the wider curriculum. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


The aims of our Mathematics curriculum are:

To ensure all children have secure knowledge and accuracy when recording number facts.

To help children to have a deep understanding of mathematics.

To enable all children to develop confidence and resilience in Mathematics.

To supply children with the tools to problem solve in Mathematics and in real life.

To provide an environment where it is okay to make mistakes.

To develop children’s mathematical thinking, using practical resources and pictures to support their understanding.

To give children the confidence and vocabulary to explain their ideas clearly.


Early Years Foundation Stage

In both Nursery and Reception, children learn through play and are provided with hands on and real-life experiences to support their mathematical understanding and thinking. The children will explore and gain a deep understanding of number and numerical patterns through a variety of stimulating multi-sensory and practical experiences to support and inspire all learners. In doing so, we allow the children to develop their understanding and apply their knowledge to real life situations.

We provide opportunities for daily learning both indoor and outdoor, exposing the children to maths in a range of different situations. This offers children the opportunity to explore, problem solve and reason, all while having fun using this hands-on approach to embed their fluency and mathematical understanding.

At Deanesfield we provide a balance of adult led, child led and independent maths learning opportunities that build upon the key interests of the children, whilst teaching and embedding lifelong mathematical skills. We aim for these activities to enthuse the children and for the children to move into KS1 as confident, competent mathematicians.


Key Stage 1

Building upon their skills learnt in EYFS. At Deanesfield we believe that young children deserve a stimulating and varied approach to learning maths. As a result, we continue to provide opportunities for mathematical learning both in and outside the classrooms.

Each lesson is planned in response to the children’s ability and interest. A range of practical and cross curricular activities support the teaching of the key skills and aim to make the experiences meaningful and exciting. We regularly meet with our children to discuss their next steps. By provoking and inspiring mathematical thinking and building a firm foundation of key skills we aim to inspire our children to become confident problem solvers as they move to KS2.


Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, children build on their work from Key Stage 1 to further improve their ability to tackle complex and varied problems. Through regular practice, our children become fluent with the four operations and arithmetic and, in turn, are able to apply what they have learnt to reason, make connections and solve problems. We instil a strong work ethic within our pupils and ensure that they build resilience as the challenges of more complex mathematics present themselves. Children experience mathematics both inside and outside of the classroom. We hold regular meetings with individual pupils so we can provide clear feedback with how to improve. We strongly believe all pupils can experience success in mathematics and aim to give them the tools to become lifelong mathematicians for the next phase of their education by the end of Key Stage 2.​