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National Curriculum 2014 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 White Rose and Power Maths, 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 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.