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Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected 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. And it is imperative our pupils value its importance within the wider world. Mathematics at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal - which will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.


Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and are frequently given opportunities of repetition, to build on this 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 to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. At Codnor Primary School, 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, progressing them into ‘deep-learning.’ Mathematics at Codnor Primary School enables pupils to explore the natural links between Computing, Science, Art and Design and Design and Technology, whilst nurturing skills of resilience, problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking: learning behaviours which we, at Codnor, hold in high regard. We value the development of the whole child and Mathematics adds another significant piece to our jigsaw puzzle; the skills and knowledge developed, both academic and personal, enables pupils to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom.


Pupils have the confidence to explore Mathematical patterns and problems and to both make and learn from their mistakes. We support our pupils in using their mistakes and misconceptions to thrive!


We promote the enjoyment of Mathematics for all pupils and support the in experiencing success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.


  • 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 and false starts.
  • 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 our in-depth and carefully sequenced lessons, pupils’ mathematical skills and concepts are transferable to whichever area of mathematics is being studied and will equip pupils for both their future learning and future life. 

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 children are not just learners - they are problem solvers, investigators, enthusiasts, thinkers, decision makers, contributors, creators, role models, members of society, and ultimately the future of our community and the world beyond it.  At Codnor, we relish building the mathematicians of the future!



Implementation - progression through year groups

Mathematics throughout the school follows the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. For more information about our curriculum, you can speak to your child's teacher, a senior leader, or our curriculum leader (Mrs Becky Hibbitt).

Key stage 1

Throughout KS1, Mathematics is taught within class groups. The children are taught in differentiated within the classroom setting. All staff ensure that Mathematics is taught through a range of teaching styles in order for all children to access the learning irrespective of their learning style. The children within KS1 are continually assessed against the new 2014 national curriculum objectives during their day-to-day learning; this enables the teaching staff and children to set achievable yet challenging numeracy targets which will support them in reaching their next level.


Wherever possible, we link Mathematics to our current topic to ensure that the children have the opportunity to apply the skills that we are learning within other situations.

Key stage 2

In key stage 2, we follow the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We are currently moving towards the 'mastery' approach to teaching mathematics, and have seen many early successes. Please check back here soon for more details regarding this approach.


Topics covered

The following topics are covered throughout the year. The teacher uses their own judgement to manage the order and timings of topics. This is important because some concepts build on others, e.g. ‘numbers with decimal points’ are taught before ‘measurement of length’. If the children are to understand "one point four metres", they need an understanding of fractions and decimals first.


Ongoing objectives

  • Place value
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division


The ongoing objectives are taught as discrete lessons and are also integrated into ‘topics’ – using the skills throughout.


Other topics

  • Fractions (Y3)
  • Fractions including decimals (Y4)
  • Fractions including decimals and percentages (Y5-6)
  • Ratio and proportion (Y6)
  • Algebra (Y6)
  • Measurement (Y3-6)
  • Geometry – properties of shapes (Y3-6)
  • Geometry – position and direction (Y4-6)
  • Statistics (Y3-6)



Children are assessed directly against the objectives from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Teachers assess informally during lessons, and small formative written/mental tests take place throughout the year. Assessments build up an invaluable map of a class’ knowledge and understanding.


Data from these assessments allow teachers to adjust their planning, set targets for their pupils (showing them how to improve their numeracy), and enable them to prioritise support/intervention for children and groups who need extra help to secure troublesome concepts.


Instant recall of times tables facts (in both multiplication and division) and number bonds are absolutely vital. Children should know the times tables up to 12 × 12 by the end of Year 4. Working on this at home will really help children to make good progress and enjoy their mathematics.


Please talk to the teacher of your child’s maths class at the end of the school day if you would like more information on how to help them at home. We operate an 'open door' policy to parents and carers, and we are more than happy to discuss your child's learning and answer any questions.

Problem solving

Practical lessons involving problem solving and teamwork are built into each topic by the teacher. Our school follows the 'RUCSAC' approach, which gives children a step-by-step procedure for reliably solving written and practical problems, and develops their self-checking procedure. Click the link below for more information.

More information

Click a Key Stage below for more details of the opportunities we provide for our children, and the lists of learning objectives to which we teach.