The Maths Curriculum at South Street Community Primary School

Maths Curriculum Aims

Maths at South Street aims to enable children to enjoy maths and become resilient, skilled mathematicians making links to real life. Our provision enables children to think deeply and make connections, reason and problem solve, to underpin future learning.  We know in order to achieve this the children need to become efficient and accurate in the recall of key facts to enable them to be fluent and able to apply their skills to different contexts and representations. Our curriculum is accessible to all pupils. We follow the teaching for mastery approach ensuring there is a clear carefully planned coherence within the progression of skills, varied opportunities for representation and structure and that prior learning is revisited and built upon to ensure longevity of skills and knowledge. We are a Teaching for Mastery school and are currently at the sustaining level.  We continue to work with the Great North Maths Hub to access ongoing professional development and to collaborate with other schools to refine our skills further and maximise learning.  This allows our pupils to leave South Street as confident mathematicians who are fluent in the fundamentals of maths, who have a deep conceptual understanding where they can explain, justify and reason in a range of contexts and where they can apply their knowledge in science and other subjects across the curriculum.



The Maths Curriculum at South Street covers the EYFS curriculum and the National Curriculum aims and objectives. We instil the core National Curriculum aims of fluency, reasoning and problem solving, and are guided in planning by the Gateshead Core Curriculum.  We follow a cyclical approach where learning is revisited throughout the year and medium-term plans are carefully thought out and adapted to ensure leaning is progressive and gives opportunities for children to deepen their understanding, revisit further where needed and refine their skills.  Our curriculum is fully inclusive and supports the ranging needs, mobility and diversity of our pupils.

There is a focus upon basic skills and fluency to ensure this is secure.  We currently follow Mastering Number in Reception and years one and two to build firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children.  This is revisited in year 3 for children who would benefit from this to further deepen and secure understanding.  In years 4 and 5 we follow Mastering Number at KS2 to develop automaticity in multiplication and division facts.  This is revisited in year 6 for children who would benefit form this to secure firm foundations in multiplication and division relationships.

Fluency of times tables and related division skills is enhanced through use of TTRS, whole school, year group, cross cluster and National challenges with other schools. We use NUMBOTs in KS1 to support addition and subtraction skills. Maths is enhanced further through participation in maths events such as Number Day, Maths Week England, Barvember and more bespoke events such as – Achieve, Inspire and Master. A.I.M. High days which provide a wonderful opportunity for children to delve deeper and master greater challenges.

We have Maths Ambassadors in school who share a love of maths who work closely to raise the profile and celebrate maths achievements across school. They all have a genuine interest in maths and want to help other children improve their own skills, knowledge and understanding.  They meet regularly and give other pupils a voice and help them share their ideas.

What you will see in a South Street Maths Lesson

  • Children will have access to high quality, engaging mathematics.
  • Whole class – teaching all children in class, together, most of the time.
  • Following a cyclical, sequential – ‘step by step approach’.
  • Application of fluency where key number facts are learnt to automaticity, and other key mathematical facts are learned deeply and practised regularly, to avoid cognitive overload in working memory and enable pupils to focus on new learning.
  • CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach in all year groups and using varied models to support children to apply their knowledge and to make connections.
  • Mastering Number programme in R, Y1, Y2 – utilising Rekenrek.
  • Mastering Number programme in Y4 and Y5 – number cards and Numicon.
  • Active questioning to probe understanding and to challenge further.
  • Use of misconceptions to further secure understanding of key concepts.
  • Precise mathematical language – use of ‘stem sentences’ modelled to help pupils to communicate their reasoning and thinking effectively.
  • Teachers through skilled modelling, help students make, refine, and explore conjectures on the basis of evidence and use a variety of reasoning to confirm or disprove. Therefore, pupils engage fully as learners who reason and seek to make connections.
  • Lesson adaptation based on ongoing AFL throughout the lesson.
  • Development of pupil resilience and growth mindset.

If you would like further information about the curriculum, please contact Mrs Wynn in the school office.

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