At Upton St Leonards Primary School, we have adopted a ‘mastery’ approach to teaching and learning in Mathematics.


Subject Intent

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. 

Vision Statement 

Within our school, we acknowledge the importance of Mathematics as a core subject of the National Curriculum 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).

Maths Policy September 2021

Maths at Upton St Leonards

'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.

Key Objectives

Each year group from Reception – Year 6, has key Maths objectives which the teachers will regularly assess against to see how the children are progressing. The maths curriculum is very broad and covers a huge range of objectives making it impossible to track every objective. 

Click here to view the Key Objectives for Mathematics

School Vision

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