Our core aims for Maths are to ensure that all children:  

  • Develop curiosity and enthusiasm for Maths learning 

  • Can use their Maths skills to interact with the world around them 

  • Enjoy solving problems and discovering efficient methods 

  • Have secure knowledge of key number facts and are able to recall these facts quickly and accurately 

  • Know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4 

  • Have a deep understanding of a range mathematical concepts which they can apply to a range of problems 

  • Understand that mathematical topics overlap and interlink and use this knowledge to solve problems 

  • Can express their reasoning skills using mathematical vocabulary 

  • Can represent their mathematical understanding using concrete resources, pictorial representations and formal written methods  

  • Demonstrate resilience and creativity when faced with new or challenging maths topics 

  • Can use efficient and systematic methods to investigate open ended maths problems  

Our Maths Intent fits in within our overall school vision that all children can develop their talents and interests across a vide and varied curriculum. Strong Maths skills permits our children to access many other areas of the curriculum with confidence and curiosity. Furthermore, a love of Maths will support our children throughout their Secondary School Education, in their adult life and in a wide range of career choices. 


We believe the following are key ingredients in developing competent mathematicians at Sayes Court: clear progression of skills and knowledge from Year N – Year 6; consistent development of mathematical vocabulary; access to a range of high quality concrete resources, including ICT; use of high quality textbooks, practice books and teaching tools; strong teacher knowledge; use of maths skills in variety of contexts; daily arithmetic practice and revision; strong focus on the development of times tables knowledge; a mastery approach; daily fluency, problem solving and reasoning; clear and up to date displays that support learning. 

What this looks like in practice: 

  • All year groups follow the White Rose Power Maths Curriculum which follows the mastery approach 

  • Each topic is taught in block over a number of weeks to encourage depth of learning 

  • Each class participates in five Maths lessons per week 

  • Each lesson is based around a clear and measurable learning objective  

  • Each lesson begins with a short recap of the previous lesson to clarify that each lesson links and is part of an understanding of a larger mathematical concept 

  • Each lesson includes questions that develop: fluency, problem solving and reasoning 

  • Each lesson includes explicit teaching of key vocabulary which is clearly displayed to support development of mathematical thinking and discussion 

  • Lesson inputs include clear modelling of how to use the concrete resources and written strategies to solve problems, demonstrating how the concrete, pictorial and abstract representations link 

  • Each lesson provides a challenge activity to ensure children working at greater depth can apply their understanding 

  • Concrete resources (calculators, dienes, 3D shapes) are clearly labelled and can be easily accessed by all children 

  • Year 1-6 complete 5 minutes of arithmetic practice daily to develop quick recall of key number facts and written strategies 

  • All children have a Maths Handy Hints folder that includes resources tailored to support their learning 

  • Each term the children complete a summative assessment to generate a standardised score to assess progress 

  • Interventions and booster groups are put in place to support children working below age related standards and are reassessed every six weeks 

  • All children have access to online resources to develop mathematical fluency including: Times Tables Rock Stars and NumBots. 

Schemes, programme and resources used to support reading: 

  • Power Maths and Maths Factor 

  • Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots 

  • TopMarks 

To find out more about these schemes and programmes, click on the relevant links below: 


The impact of our Maths curriculum is as follows: 

  • Our children make good progress in Maths and attain in line with or above their peers 

  • Our children develop curiosity towards problem solving from an early age 

  • Our children develop basic number skills at an early age 

  • Our children can navigate the world around them with confidence 

  • Our children have a lasting understanding of a range of mathematical concepts 

  • Our children can use a wide range of mathematical vocabulary 

  • Our children are able to use their maths skills across the curriculum and a result of this, learning in all areas is enhanced 

  • Our children have key life skills, access to educational opportunities and more career options available to them  

  • We use talk for learning in our lessons to guarantee that all students share their understanding of the content on a peer basis. It also helps to avoid misconceptions since the teacher goes over the content with them at the end, e.g. during plenary. 

  • SEND students are provided with differentiated work to ensure their understanding of the lesson. They also use manipulatives more appropriate for their level as well as working in small groups. Peel on and off are also encourage to facilitate their access to the lesson. Dynamo Maths is a great tool used in our school because it aims to support pupils at risk of developmental dyscalculia or maths gaps. 

  • Thanks to the reading across the school children are able to read and solve word problems. It also help them to develop and understand better the maths vocabulary as they age. 

SMSC in Maths:  

Maths is key to developing SMSC as we encourage shared learning, involving discussion and co-operation. The resources our children used and the problems the children solve are based on real world experiences and give them confidence to navigate the world around them.  

Human Capital 

We celebrate Maths at school by applying all their skills learnt through out the year. In fairs, children can understand how money works; we are also hosting our Maths Treasure Hunt were students of all ages can apply their mathematical skills, including reasoning and problem solving. 


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