Cardwell Primary School

Cardwell Primary School

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Learning for life


Pupils at Cardwell follow the National Curriculum (2014) objectives for teaching Maths across the school.  Teachers use this guidance to plan learning that is appropriately pitched to the ages and abilities of pupils across Key Stage 1 and  Key Stage 2

We have used the expectations mathematics to shape our calculation policy.

Ultimately, the aim of our mathematics curriculum is to develop key skills, knowledge and understanding which are vital for understanding the world in which we live and for meeting the challenges of everyday life.

 These include:

  • Number and the number system: counting, place value, ordering, estimating, fractions,  decimals, percentages, ratio, sequences, Roman numerals and algebra
  • Calculation: rapid mental recall of number facts, mental calculations, informal jottings, formal written methods, understanding number operations and their inverses
  • Problem solving and investigation: deciding which operation and method of calculation to use, thinking about how to record and present findings, ‘real life’ contexts
  • Measures: choosing appropriate units and converting between different units, estimating, reading off of scales
  • Shape and space: properties of 2D and 3D shapes, transforming shapes, using coordinates, recognising and calculating different angles and area, perimeter and volume
  • Data handling: collecting, presenting and interpreting data including Venn and Carroll diagrams, pictograms, bar charts, line graphs and pie charts

Mathematics is learnt best when it is based on an enriched combination of practical work and visual images combined with mathematical talk, giving children the opportunity to use mathematical vocabulary and as well as develop the language of reasoning, which enables them to talk about their strategies and thinking. We encourage children to apply these skills through frequent problem solving and investigation opportunities. Applying mathematical learning in other areas of the curriculum such as English, Science, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computing,, History, Geography, Religious Education and Music can also enhances pupils’ understanding.

As a school, we aim to make connections where relevant learning links exist within a subject and across subjects. This supports brings greater meaning and, a deeper learning and purpose to all the experiences we provide for the pupils. All pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 experience a dedicated, 60-minute mathematics lesson each day in addition to any mathematics work carried out in other subjects.


As mathematics is such an important life skill, we have a significant curriculum focus on a ‘Mastery’ approach to our lessons.

What this means is spending greater time going into depth for all Maths strands and operations.

The key idea of mastery is that pupils gain a deeper understanding of the mathematical concept being taught, so that they can apply it to new situations and contexts.

Another feature of the mastery approach is the importance of high expectations - that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards and that the majority of learners will progress at the same pace, using the concrete, pictorial to abstract model.

Alongside this teaching and learning strategy, all pupils are encouraged to learn key number facts, such as number bonds to 5, 10, 20 and 100 and multiplication tables.