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Subject Intent

 To increase pupils’ prospects by:

Giving pupils the skills and knowledge needed to fully equip them to succeed in the next stage of their Mathematics education.

To increase pupils’ prospects by ensuring that all children are fluent mathematicians. We are determined to ensure that our pupils are fluent in place value number and can then apply this to other areas of the Maths curriculum. We also want to create mathematicians who can reason and problem solve across all areas of maths. 

Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another

·        To develop an interest and curiosity of the world around them so that they intuitively question and think mathematically about problems they encounter.

·        To develop mathematical understanding and conceptual knowledge not just procedural knowledge.

·        To become fluent in key number facts, appropriate to their year group (addition and subtraction facts, times tables and division facts)

·        To use the four operations – both mental and written – with confidence.

·        To develop a deep understanding of an area of maths through reasoning and problem solving within all lessons.

·        To work practically to investigate and draw conclusions about scientific concepts, while also being about to show a child’s progression through the school and beyond.

·        To be curious and ask questions about the maths in the world around them.

·        Children will develop an understanding of the world of work and how specifically someone can make a forge a career for themselves within Maths.

·        To understand how Maths has influenced their lives in particular (time, money etc).

·        To identify the social and economic implications of Maths.

·        To participate in mathematical events in the wider community/school.

·        To use their mathematical knowledge to understand how they can contribute to a better community and society.


Within our school, we acknowledge the importance of Mathematics as a core subject of the National Curriculum and EYFS framework, and as a key area of knowledge for all pupils. 

We believe all children can - and will - achieve in the subject. All children are capable of achieving success and the language/actions that we use with the children reflect this. We want our children to be stimulated through carefully planned activities which ensure that all children are challenged in every lesson.

At Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School, we empower our children with a ‘CAN DO’ attitude, embracing our school vision of creating a ‘Love of Learning’.  We encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of Mathematics and aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in Maths and become confident mathematicians.

The National Curriculum

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

For a detailed look at the Maths curriculum in each year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher or to Mr Steward (Maths Subject Leader and Y6 Teacher).

Key Documents

1. Maths at USL

2. Curriculum Progression Maths

3. Maths Policy September 2021

4. USL Action Plan - Maths

5. Scaffolding in Maths

6. SMSC in Maths

7. Long Term Planning Documents

Curriculum Map USL

8. Parent/Carer Documents

Glossary of Mathematical Terms for Parents/Carers

Website Links for Parents/Carers

KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) USL Parents/Carers

Help your child become a stronger mathematician - support for parents/carers

How we teach Maths. 

'Do it, Secure it, Deepen it'

In our school, we have adopted the ‘Do it, Secure it, Deepen it’ approach to Maths. This approach involves children being taught a skill then proving to the teacher they can do it. Once children have shown they can successfully complete the skill, they are challenged through secure it and deepen it activities which aim to broaden and deepen their mathematical understanding. The aim of this process, is not to move children on too quickly but to allow them to move on when they have a secure and deep understanding of the Maths they are learning. It also allows children opportunities to reason and problem solve as well as make rich connections between the different mathematical areas. This approach is not evident in every lesson. We are flexible and allow teachers freedom to plan activities which inspire and capture children’s attention and these may take place outside of the classroom environment.

At Upton, our belief is that maths is about more than just ‘learning numbers and methods’.  In fact, we try to encourage children to understand that the numbers we use in maths lessons are actually only a representation of “real maths” that happens in life. That is the maths notation of 7 – 2 = 5 is just an easy way of representing how many sweets I have left from my pack of 7 after my younger brother has stolen 2 of them!

In order to develop this understanding, we ensure that we provide concrete and pictorial representations in our lessons in tandem with teaching abstract methods. We believe that by engaging and interchanging between these different mediums, children will be better prepared to reason and solve different mathematical problems.

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School Vision

Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another