Maths 2020 - 2021

‘Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know… It’s about how you behave when you don’t know’ – Anonymous

“A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” (National Curriculum 2014)

At Boundary, we encourage children to not only work fluently but to also be confident problem solvers. We encourage and promote multiple methods to solving problems, providing our pupils with self- confidence and resilience. Through the teaching of ‘mastery’, we ensure that children gain a deep and secure understanding of key mathematical concepts at each stage of their learning.

For a detailed understanding of the Intent, Implementation and Impact of the teaching of Maths at Boundary, please read the information below.


The objectives of teaching maths are:

  • To become fluent in the essentials of Mathematics.
  • To reason mathematically.
  • To solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge.
  • To understand and be prepared for how maths applies to every day life.


  • Starting in Foundation, our children are given lots of opportunities to explore and investigate numbers and amounts.
  • We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies, which encompass practical, pictoral, verbal and written styles. This also includes independent and collaborative learning.
  • Each year group follows the White Rose scheme of work, ensuring small steps are taught in a journey in order to have a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts. This is used as a basis for teacher’s planning.
  • NCTEM and Maths Hub are used to deepen thinking when children are problem solving and reasoning.
  • For children working below age related expectations within mathematics, Lancashire PIVATs are used to guide planning to break their learning down into ever further smaller steps.
  • We encourage resilience, growth mind-sets and perseverance with the classroom.
  • Children are given the opportunity to practice varied fluency, to solve problems and to apply their reasoning skills.
  • Challenges are planned for throughout the school for each aspect of maths.
  • Children are given opportunities to use their previous knowledge and learning.
  • A variety of resources are used throughout school such as; Numicon, base 10, bead strings, cubes, play dough, card fans, iPads, place value charts, number lines and times table squares.


  • Children gain a knowledge and understanding of the world around them and they are prepared for using mathematics in their everyday life.
  • Children show an enjoyment and enthusiasm for Mathematics
  • Children gain confidence in working independently.
  • Children develop their skills in working collaboratively.
  • Children improve their problem solving and reasoning skills.
  • Children develop their growth mindset in mathematics.
  • High standards, ensuring children achieve national standards or above.
  • Higher percentages of children working at greater depth.

Useful Links for Parents and Carers

National Numeracy Parent Toolkit has a wealth of tips and advice for parents

Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home

Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.

Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’.

Useful Links for Children

Maths Dictionary

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1

BBC Bitesize Keystage 2

ICT Games

I Love Maths Games

TimesTables Rock Stars

Hit the Button

Maths Curriculum at at Glance

March 2021 - July 2021

In light of the impact of whole school closures on face-to-face teaching, we have adapted our approach to Mathematics planning for the remainder of 2020/2021 academic year.  We will be using the Department for Education Ready-to-Progress Criteria to prioritise key areas of Mathematics teaching in order to provide our pupils with a secure understanding of key concepts, ready for the next academic year.

These priority areas are:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Number Facts
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions 
  • Geometry

We will continue to use White Rose and NCETM materials to support the teaching of these priority areas.


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