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National Curriculum for Mathematics


Purpose of study

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.



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

Mathematics at Tansley Primary School


Our aim is for children to feel confident and positive about their mathematics, to engage actively in mathematical activities, becoming increasingly responsible for their own learning, and to develop understanding of how and when to apply the skills and concepts they have learned.


Our main planning resources for mathematics are Abacus Active Learn and the Hamilton Trust, supplemented by other activities and materials where appropriate. Mathematics is taught mainly through a daily lesson, although where possible we also identify opportunities to apply and develop mathematical skills in other curriculum areas and through our cross-curricular topic work.


Below, our Calculation Policy explains the progression of calculation skills across the school and the Overview of Strategies and Methods gives examples to show how the skills are taught to the children using appropriate models, images and concrete apparatus.


Key expectations for each year group can be found in the Key Skills link below and links to the children's learning within the Numeracy Passport.

Click on the Times Tables link below to find some information about expectations, games and great resources to print out and use at home.
Click on the EYFS link below to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Also find guidance on how you can support your child at home.
Here is some more information about our maths workshops we hold in school, as well as some useful booklets for Year 1 and Year 2 packed full of lots of fun ways you can practice maths skills at home.
Below are some links to some great Apps and websites to support your child's learning in maths.

At Tansley we use the SQUEEBLES app on the iPad. You can download lots of different maths games (addition, subtraction, fractions and times tables) that will practise your child's mental maths skills. Your child can earn stars and squeebles, then they can trade in the stars to get some squeeble-cars ready to play a game of squeeble-cart at the end of each test!

Mathematics Display in School

Mathematics Display in School 1
Mathematics Display in School 2 Problem solving in Oaks
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Mathematics Display in School 6 Oaks class collect table points on tally charts
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