At Athelstan Community Primary School we provide a well-balanced maths curriculum which is creative, practical and challenging for each child.  Our curriculum aims to deepen the children’s understanding of reasoning, fluency and problem solving. We ensure these aims are embedded throughout our school and cross curricular links are carefully planned out and utilised.  Our maths curriculum aims to broaden and deepen each child’s mathematical understanding and problem solving skills through meaningful and innovative teaching techniques.  We also aim to provide maths opportunities that reflect the modern and cultural lives of our children. 


At Athelstan Community Primary School we aim to raise the standards in Mathematics by using the new objectives set out in Curriculum 2014.

We aim to develop skills which enable the children to use and apply numbers, measures, shape and space and data handling, with competence and confidence in a range of contexts.

We aim to develop children’s skills in mental calculation, by ensuring they have a repertoire of known facts and strategies to draw upon.  Mathematics in our school will strive to foster an enjoyment of mathematical problem solving and allow children to use their skills to make sense of the world around them. 

At Athelstan the Teachers will:

  • implement the daily 3 part Mathematics lesson, sharing clear objectives with the children;
  • use a range of teaching styles to incorporate:- direct teaching, a high proportion of whole class oral/mental sessions, group/paired work and individual work;
  • Build practical lessons into each topic whereby the children can make connections to the world around them and detect patterns, making links and connections between prior knowledge and new experiences;
  • Use the new revised Curriculum 2014 (or for years 2 and 6 the old revised framework) of objectives to aid planning using:- The yearly objectives and planning grids for medium term plans, the supplement of examples for short term planning and assessment, use of ABACAS to support and enhance planning
  • give homework activities in line with the school’s policy e.g. learning tables, weekly challenge, learn by heart facts SMIRFS;
  • support children in learning their SMIRFS and regularly check the children understanding of these mathematical facts.

At Athelstan children will be encouraged to:

  • enjoy Mathematics and see its relevance in real life;
  • understand exactly what is expected of them on a day-to-day basis;
  • develop mental calculation strategies, so that their first reaction to a question is “can I do that in my head”;
  • use mathematical vocabulary with confidence;
  • use their knowledge to solve problems, see patterns, make predictions, present information clearly, interpret data;
  • give oral explanations of their methods;
  • Seek enjoyment in challenging mathematical situations and have a positive approach to tackling those challenges;
  • Understand which resources allow them to work out a range of mathematical problems and to use them with confidence.

 pdfClick here to see our visual calculation policy.                                                                              

pdfClick here to read our written calculation policy.

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