Christ Church C of E Primary School

  1. Our Learning
  2. Maths


At Christ Church, we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of mathematics. Our mathematics curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, but also our core values of SHINE – where every child can be Successful, Happy, Included, Nurtured and Enriched.

As found in the National Curriculum, the purpose of study is to allow children to develop strategies to solve problems in everyday life. Mathematics is critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and virtually all forms of employment. Through mathematics, we can understand the world in more detail and develop an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics.


We aim for every child to develop:

  • Access the National Curriculum and for most children, to work withing age related expectations
  • Their understanding of the curriculum which is relevant, challenging and enjoyable for all
  • Skills around mathematics allowing children to describe, illustrate, interpret, predict and explain
  • The ability to provoke an appreciation of the relationships in mathematics, which harness their imagination, initiative and flexibility of mind
  • Working relationships both independently and interdependently
  • Their confidence in mathematics by creating a culture of ‘I can’ both inside and outside of the classroom
  • A love of mathematics which will ultimately result in a successful mathematician


In Focus Provision children will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in activities designed to develop mathematical skills and link to the children’s own personal targets
  • Fully immerse themselves into mathematical thinking using resources to help, focussing on the ‘C’ of the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach
  • Demonstrate meaning to numbers, what they could represent and what they could mean in the real world
  • See how mathematics can be used in everyday life explore the links between numbers and explore patterns
  • Develop their counting skills and experiment with the correct formation of different numbers


In EYFS children will have the opportunity to:

  • In number, count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20
  • Place numbers in order and experiment with one more and more less using practical resources
  • Using quantities and objects, they will explore single digit numbers and be able to add and subtract them
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing all using the CPA approach
  • Talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money using everyday language
  • Recognise and create their own patterns and explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes


In Key Stage 1 children will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers
  • Count confidentially and develop understanding place value using the base 10 number system
  • Work with numerals, words and the four operations, including use of practical resources
  • Develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and the related vocabulary
  • Explore a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money
  • Know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value


In lower Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to:

  • Become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations
  • Explore number facts and the concept of place value
  • Practise efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately
  • Develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including simple fractions and decimal place value
  • Increase accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties
  • Make connections between measure and number
  • Memorise the multiplication tables up to and including the 12 times table and show precision and fluency in their work


In upper Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to:

  • Extend their understanding of the numbers system and place value to include larger integers
  • Make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio
  • Continue to solve a wider range if problems with increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic
  • Be introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems
  • Consolidate knowledge in geometry and measures and extend knowledge developed in number
  • Become fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division