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We aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, are able to reason mathematically and are able to solve mathematical problems. We encourage our children to apply their maths across the curriculum and we provide them with plenty of opportunities to do so. In Key Stage 1, we aim to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental arithmetic skills with numbers, counting and place value. This includes developing their understanding of the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing), measurement, data handling and shape through the use of practical resources.


In Key stage 2 we aim to ensure that all children develop efficient and written methods and that they are able to perform calculations accurately with larger numbers. They are expected to have memorised their multiplication tables up to 12 x by the end of Year 4 and they will be developing confidence in working with fractions and decimals. Measuring, shape and space and data-handling will also be taught in greater depth. By Year 5 and 6, pupils are expected to be able to undertake long multiplication and division and to be proficient in all number operations and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.


  The Scheme that we use at Menheniot Primary is White Rose which is based on building confidence and competency through sequences of small progressive steps, with in-built problem solving and reasoning. It provides opportunities for children to develop fluency using maths in a variety of different contexts. 


All daily Maths lessons include the following:


5-10 minutes of oral fluency (for example number bonds, times tables)

Teacher input and modelling

Exploration of maths using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations

Engaging activities that take mathematical thinking forwards

Extension and challenge

Support where needed

Opportunities to talk about their work and explain their thinking



Maths in EYFS

There are two Early Learning Goals in the revised Early Years Curriculum:


Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns 

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

White Rose Maths is also followed in the Reception Class with the children having plenty of time to explore numbers and patterns and to formulate their own ideas and to develop their mathematical thinking.