Maths Rationale

The 2014 National Curriculum states three aims for all pupils in Mathematics in Primary school:

  • to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics,
  • to be able to reason mathematically
  • 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


At Walliscote Primary School we believe that Mathematics is a tool for everyday life and essential for understanding our world. Mathematics allows pupils to develop their natural ability to think logically and solve puzzles and real life problems. Pupils learn to think creatively and make links between mathematical concepts. The three main aims of the National

Mathematical skills are developed throughout a series of lessons using a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach (CPA.) This approach supports the children when introduced to new concepts in number and allows them to deepen their understanding and learning. Children are given the opportunity to solve problems both independently and in cooperation with others. Pupils are encouraged to explain their reasoning and justify their answers using mathematical language.

The teaching of Mathematics in Reception is based on the objectives stated within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. From Year1 to Year 6, Mathematics is taught daily as a discrete subject. Lessons are planned based on the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study, this document outlines what is required to be taught within each group within the different areas of Maths. 

Here are some useful documents to support you with the new curriculum in teaching Maths, showing progression in the methods used now in school.

Addition              Subtraction           Multiplication          Division

Mathematics yearly overview