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Fairhouse Primary School

Courage, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility


Mathematics skills are crucial to any child's education as mathematics is directly relevant to their life outside of school.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Maths lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and application in maths. Mathematics is delivered in a range of ways to cater to the differing needs and abilities of the children we teach. As such, we are constantly adapting our approach to incorporate innovative teaching styles and resources. Mathematics is taught daily through two styles of sessions: maths lessons and maths workout. Mathematics skills are used, applied and reinforced in all subject areas.

Our mathematics curriculum is set out year by year covering the statutory requirements of:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Measurement
  • Geometry - properties of shape
  • Geometry - position and direction
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Algebra

The majority of children will progress through the year group programs of study securely and at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress are always based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage, which will be decided by the teacher. Teachers have high expectations and all children are challenged during lessons. Suitable learning opportunities are provided by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. We offer master classes for KS2 children who are working at greater depth. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

The teaching of mathematics is taught discreetly as stand-alone lessons with children placed within ability sets. This enables teaching to cater to the differing needs and abilities of the children. Through daily lessons, our principal aim is to develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. These mathematics skills are used, applied and reinforced in all subject areas. In addition to our sets, we have a small SEN group of KS2 children. Our maths workout sessions provide a short focused session to practise fluency of number, mental arithmetic skills and short problem solving activities.

Based on a proven concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, Numicon encourages children to explore maths using structured imagery and apparatus in order to understand and explain mathematical concepts. We follow the Numicon planning for Reception to Year 6.

Curriculum coverage and progression

Click on the links below to view coverage of the curriculum, progression and age appropriate expectations.

Calculation Methods

Please click on this link to view our 'Calculation Policy' and the methods and strategies we use to teach addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Further information about any of the subjects in our curriculum is available upon request.

At Fairhouse Primary School, our curriculum has been developed following the National Curriculum guidelines. Please click on the link below, to view the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Mathematics.