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Mathematics is a creative and interconnected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the aesthetics and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Mathematics at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time.

Mathematics is a subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are organised into apparently distinct areas, but pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas and in different contexts to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in problem solving. Children are frequently given opportunities to revisit previous learning to help them to retain. We encourage pupils to make links between subjects, supporting their understanding of how skills learnt in other areas of the curriculum can be revisited and further developed.


  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
  • The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes.
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
  • A commitment to and passion for the subject.


Through sequences of lessons, pupils’ mathematical skills and concepts are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn. 

These key mathematical skills and concepts are:

  • Know and use numbers
  • Add and subtract
  • Multiply and divide
  • Use fractions
  • Understand the properties of shapes
  • Describe position, direction and movement
  • Use measures
  • Use statistics
  • Use algebra


Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, act, and speak like a mathematician, and they value the transference of these skills into their everyday life, in education and beyond.