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Maths at Awbridge Primary School 

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Awbridge, through the teaching of mathematics, we promote the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

At Awbridge, we follow the White Rose curriculum mapping, ensuring that teaching is cyclical and builds on small manageable steps in order to help children understand the concepts. When introducing new concepts, we use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach in order to embed understanding and build competency. We are developing a mastery approach to learning and aim to promote mathematical thinking through talk. We provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum whilst also focusing on developing pupils’ fluency.

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in:

 key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.
 lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. In this way, we ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
 upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This enables them to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. 

How to support your child in Mathematics 

Have you ever wished that you understood current Maths methods better? How your child is taught how to add, divide, subtract and multiply involves methods that may be very different from how parents were taught when they were in school. This can often cause confusion when trying to support your child at home. 

The main methods used in each stage by the majority of pupils for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are shown. These methods are introduced throughout the teaching year so most pupils should be familiar with all methods by the end of the year. Each ‘Make yourself a maths star’ booklet also shows typical maths vocabulary that children will be acquiring and using at this stage. The multiplication section also explains which tables facts they are expected to know in that stage. 

Make your Child a Maths Star

Make your child a Maths Star KS1 Yr 1 & 2

Make your child a Maths Star KS2 Yr 3 & 4

Make your child a Maths Star KS2 Yr 5 & 6

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Teaching Safeguarding through Mathematics

At Awbridge through our curriculum we support children to…

  • solve problems through enquiry
  • use equipment safely e.g. compass
  • help other children who are struggling sensitively
  • use different representations to solve the problem
  • understand that it is positive to make mistakes and learn from them
  • develop resilience to keep trying and applying knowledge through practise
  • increase their own self esteem by not comparing themselves to others but trying to achieve a personal best


Key documents


Maths Mastery Position Statement

Maths Mastery Position Statement

Mathematics Progression of Skills

Mathematics Progression of Skills

Maths in Early Years

Maths in Early Years