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At Okehampton Primary, we aim to develop children that are confident, numerate learners who are able to apply and use these skills in everyday life. We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Maths is a subject that is interconnected and pupils need to be able to move fluently between ideas and representations. They are encouraged to make rich connections across ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They are also encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.


Maths is taught through a daily maths lesson. There is an emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations. Number and calculations make up much of the main focus of learning but in addition to this children work on shape and space and measures.


In the Foundation Stage, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum opportunities for number, calculation and shape, space and measures. Learning for these areas is through children's play and group activities inside and outside.


Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year through the connected curriculum.


In addition to this we aim to make Maths exciting and creative not just in lessons but also with events such as 'Money Week', 'Maths Days' where children learn and recall their number bonds and times tables.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Calculators are only introduced near the end of key stage 2 to support pupils' conceptual understanding and exploration of more complex number problems, as they are not used as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic. Teachers will use their judgement about when ICT tools are used.


Spoken language

The national curriculum for mathematics reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. You can read more about this here.


For details on Okehampton Primary School's Math Curriculum Overviews and Math Number Booklets, please follow the page link: