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The teaching and learning of maths at Maple Tree is ambitious and designed to give all children the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our teachers make sure that the mathematical skills taught every day are relevant and develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. They build on previous year’s learning and revisit maths topics where progression is key. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality learning with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. We promote pupils’ exploration of maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their understanding.

We want our pupils to be able to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We want to encourage resilience and acceptance that making mistakes is often a necessary step in maths learning. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life. We hope that some of our pupils will go onto study maths at further education level, and to then choose a career in the field of maths, for example as an accountant, engineer or a physicist.

Through our curriculum coverage, we aim for every child to be able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world; we strive to enable them to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different contexts: between areas of maths, other subjects across the curriculum and to their everyday lives. From Nursery to Year 6, our curriculum is organised so that domains are taught in a progressive way. Within Key Stage 1 and 2, our curriculum is organised so that children become fluent in number and place value and the four operations before applying this to other curriculum domains. We value the importance of fluent multiplication and division skills in order to develop key mathematical concepts and children throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 follow a progressive curriculum to support this.

Please click the image below to see our whole school overview for Maths. 


At Maple Tree, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics, teaching maths daily through a Teaching for Mastery approach.

Mathematical learning covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge, with an emphasis on number. We teach through a Small Steps, concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach. Teachers plan everyday maths that children can relate to. This helps make maths more significant to children and they can see a reason for learning. Children learn how to use mathematical manipulatives to support their understanding from EYFS to year 6. Children begin with hands-on resources, moving to representation through pictures and then to ‘formal’ maths in the abstract. This approach, including Small Steps, has been proven to support children of all abilities.

In Early Years, children develop their ‘Number Sense’ and recognition of shape. We build on skills and understanding in a step by step way and from key stage 1, continue to develop place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts. Wherever possible, maths is taught within other subjects. For example, statistics and measure within science.

As a guide to support teachers with their planning and assessment, we follow the National Curriculum, DfE Ready to Progress and DfE prioritisation materials, alongside White Rose planning tools.  At the start of each new unit, key vocabulary is introduced and revisited regularly to develop language acquisition, embedding as the topic progresses.

Children are taught through clear modelling and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. The mastery approach incorporates using objects, pictures, words and numbers to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding at all levels.  Children work on the objective at whatever entrance stage they are assessed as being at. Children ACQUIRE the skill, APPLY the skill and DEEPEN the skill within the lesson.  They move through the different stages of their learning, at their own pace.  Children who have shown their understanding at a deeper level within the unit, will have opportunities to apply these skills in a GREATER DEPTH activity. This is challenging and ensures children are using more than just one skill to be able to answer the mathematical problems. 

In order to develop their mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving are integral to learning.  Resources are readily available to assist demonstration of securing a conceptual understanding of the different skills appropriate for each year group.  Children are encouraged to explore, apply and evaluate their mathematical approach during investigations to develop a deeper understanding when solving different problems / puzzles. 

A love of maths is encouraged throughout school via links with other subjects, applying an ever-growing range of skills with growing independence.  Children with additional needs are included in whole class lessons and teachers provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. For those children who are working outside of the year group curriculum, individual learning is provided to ensure their progress. 


Our maths curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

The children make progress by knowing more, remembering more and being able to do more. They transfer and embed key concepts into their long-term memory and apply them fluently.

Children make at least good progress from their last point of assessment.  

We measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways: 

  • Progression from the end of each key stage to the end of KS1/2 -  SATs results.
  • Progression from EYFS starting point to end of KS2 SATs.
  • Progression from Year 1 to the end of Year 4 -  Multiplication Tables Check.
  • Each lesson begins with retrieval practice with focus on yesterday, last week, last term, and last year.
  • Survey children’s confidence in relation to unit objectives.
  • End of term assessments where teachers complete an analysis of questions answered.
  • Assessing children’s understanding of each unit before and after the unit is taught.
  • Survey children’s engagement with their learning.
  • Record of club attendance.
  • Through monitoring and scrutiny, work shows a higher level of pupils meeting learning outcomes.
  • Parents are engaging with work that is shared through school communication.
  • Parents subject knowledge is improved through workshops and school communication.

Please see our maths progression grid below. 

National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study: