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Mathematics at Pakefield

Studying mathematics is a step towards understanding the world around us. It provides us with the fundamental knowledge and skills to deal with everyday life, links to science and technology and has an abstract beauty all of its own.

 At Pakefield Primary School our mathematical curriculum supports our whole school vision. Through mathematical activity we can Inspire pupils to Achieve their very best, providing them with opportunities to enrich their understanding, having the Ambition to succeed, while preparing them to access life in the wider Community.

 Fundamental knowledge, such as number, equips pupils to access many opportunities (managing money, accessing timetables and cooking). A rich mathematical curriculum enables pupils to broaden their horizons, reach for their goals and equips them to solve problems.

Our Intent is:

  • To develop lifelong learners in mathematics.

  • Provide a mastery curriculum – developing a deeper understanding where all children are challenged, develop resilience while continually learning.

  • To ensure children make connections in their learning by being fluent and flexible in their mathematical thinking.

In learning mathematics, children will develop curiosity, enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject recognising its significance and relevance. 

We say Mastery is...

  • The ability to use and apply maths skills independently;

  • An increasing curiosity when problem solving;

  • Giving children opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding;

  • Offering support to achieve this.

We develop...

  • Children who are fluent in number (using number bonds, times tables and place value effectively);

  • Children who are able to reason (following a line of enquiry, developing an argument and justifying their point with appropriate vocabulary) and keep trying until they find a satisfactory conclusion;

  • Independence and collaboration, working together and facilitating dialogue;

  • Skills, interests and experience;

  • A worthwhile and stimulating curriculum.

 The Implementation:

Our staff address the National Curriculum coverage through the use of White Rose Planning for each year group, using material from NCETM and NRich to further develop thinking. This has been adopted by us to give structured support to non-specialists.

 White Rose offers:

  • Clear progression through units, highlighting vocabulary;

  • CPA approach with demonstrations of pictorial methods to embed understanding;

  • Bar modelling and Barvember;

  • Premium resources (Flashback 4 – recaps learning from previous lessons and topics so continually embedding knowledge and understanding).

 Hands on Maths:

  • Year group appropriate objectives;

  • Supports the use of concrete and pictorial methods.


Knowledge organisers for each unit clearly outline to both children and parents the content which will be covered and the vocabulary to support this. They also provide previous learning objectives to show the progression of the subject.

Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 

 Spring Term Knowledge Organisers 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 

  Summer Term Knowledge Organisers 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 


New learning is logically sequenced, and children are actively encouraged to make links to prior learning of knowledge, concepts and procedures. Positive links are also made to the wider curriculum where children can apply their mathematics in context.

 Maths Help Desks – offer a range of manipulatives/materials to support in problem solving. Children can access these resources independently or be directed to a specific resource.


Adaptation/Flexibility – Tasks and material are adapted and supported to ensure access for all. Scaffolding is supplied when needed.

Regular professional development supports teacher confidence with areas such as:

  • Bar modelling;

  • CPA – hands on maths;

  • Geometry and progression through the topic;

  • Problem solving.


  • Easimaths;

  • PiXL groups;

  • Fast maths (multiplication)

 The ‘My Maths’ home learning platform is used for children to access individual/whole class activities or tasks to support learning within the classroom.

We teach the children how to use bar modelling - 

Our Impact:

 What our school community say about Mathematics
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Assessment of learning takes place both during and following lessons to plan effectively for next steps. Timely formal assessment is also carried out throughout the year, including question level analysis to identify progress and the need for any revisiting for individuals, groups or a whole class.

The impact of the mathematics curriculum looks at both the attainment and progress of each child with the aim they will achieve the ‘Expected’ or ‘Higher’ national standard and will make positive progress points from previous assessments.


 To read and access our Calculation Policy - please follow this link  Calculation Policy





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