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Mathematics at Oldmixon Primary School

Curriculum intent


Mathematics is an important, creative discipline that has traditionally been taught by memorising key facts and figures, which leads to a lack of conceptual understanding. At Oldmixon Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that children develop a deep and conceptual understanding of mathematics and are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different contexts.


We endeavour to promote a love and enjoyment for Mathematics and believe that every child can achieve!


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


Curriculum implementation


To ensure whole school consistency and progression, Oldmixon Primary School uses Power Maths to support teaching and learning of maths, which allows children to discover new maths problems and share and discuss ideas before independently working on fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions. In Early Years and KS1, Power Maths problems are generally presented with concrete objects and manipulatives and in KS2, the use of manipulatives are encouraged. Teachers use careful questioning to draw out children’s discussions and reasoning and sentence stems are often used to support children in articulating their reasoning. Children are exposed to a range of different manipulatives and resources to support their learning to ensure that every child develops a deep and conceptual understanding of maths concepts. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks and children are extended with rich and sophisticated problem solving as well as investigative tasks as appropriate.


In addition to this, each class accesses a whole class mental maths session for twenty minutes a day, which enables children to review, consolidate and build on their mental calculation skills including the recall of number facts and fractions, decimals and percentages. We constantly encourage children to explain their methods and find the most efficient strategy when solving mental calculations. Mental maths sessions frequently include quick fire activities, games and offer the opportunity for children to compete against each other!



Curriculum impact


By the end of KS2, we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and have the ability to confidently recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical knowledge. They will also be able to use their knowledge and skills to solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge to a variety of contexts with increasing sophistication.


Throughout each lesson, formative assessment is ongoing and feedback is given instantly through verbal feedback, marking and next steps, which is used to inform planning to ensure children meet the learning intention. Power Maths addresses preconceptions by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics and develop a growth mindset. NFER tests are also used in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms to assess children’s progress and attainment in mathematics.

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