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Mathematics is a tool for every day life. It is a network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It enables pupils to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. At Lapworth C of E Primary School we aim to inspire and create confident and happy mathematicians who thrive and develop a sense of curiosity about mathematics across the curriculum. 
Our intent is to promote a culture of enjoyment in mathematics, foster a resilience in pupils' and promote a positive 'can do' attitude in order to develop an in depth understanding of this subject. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics. Maths is taught daily, in line with the programme of study detailed in the National Curriculum for Mathematics. Maths lessons are carefully structured to move through small, manageable steps, including a variety of representations of the maths to ensure a secure and deep understanding before moving on to the next step. 
In line with the National Curriculum we aim to ensure that pupils:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics to that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics 


To support the teaching of mathematics at Lapworth C of E Primary School teachers use HfL Essential Maths. Essential Maths sequences are designed as a spiral curriculum where learning is built upon in small, progressive steps and uses selected models and images to support their learning. Concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations are powerful teaching and learning tools when it comes to developing a deep, conceptual understanding of the abstract notations. Use of destination questions allows teachers to continuously assess and inform pupils learning against age related expectations and speaking frames allow pupils to develop their use of mathematical language. Problem solving and reasoning are embedded throughout the sequences, encouraging pupils to talk about the how and why they have completed problems in such a way.


Through careful planning and preparation we aim to ensure pupils throughout school are given opportunities for: 

  • practical activities and mathematical games 
  • problem solving
  • individual, group and whole class discussions
  • open and closed tasks 
  • exploring how maths is used in real life 
  • a range of methods of calculating, eg; mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator 
  • working with computers as a mathematical tool 
  • working with mathematical concepts in a cross-curricular way
  • taking a creative approach to mathematical learning particularly involving problem solving 


In EYFS teachers strive to ensure children develop a strong grounding in number, essential for providing children with the platform to excel mathematically. Teachers in reception use the Mastering Number programme provided by NCETM as a basis for their planning. Learning is built upon, step by step, sequence by sequence, providing a progression for children's conceptual development. 




In Years 1 and 2, pupils take part in discrete, daily Mastering Number sessions. This programme aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim is for children to leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number.



In Years 3 - 6, pupils take part in discrete, daily Fluent in Five sessions. Fluent in Five provides a daily set of arithmetic practice, designed to help children develop fluency in both written and mental calculations. 



My Maths brings classroom practice in to the home and is set weekly by the class teacher in Years 1 - 6. The set activities reflect what has been taught in school and help children to embed and gain maths mastery in any given concept. MyMaths is an engaging tool that enables children to consolidate their skills through the use of fun and interactive games and activities. It also includes lesson slides to go alongside each activity that both children and parents can access to gain a deeper understanding of the maths topic.

Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) is a learning platform that helps pupils practise and recall their times tables, like a rock star! Pupils play online adaptive question-based games via the app and browser. We encourage pupils in Years 3-6 (Year 2 from summer term) to access TTRS regularly and classes compete against each other to see who can achieve the most minutes practised each week!



On the 13th - 17th November 2023, we participated

in Maths Week England. All children from Preschool to Year 6 took part in a range of active maths lessons throughout the week and Years 3 - 6 participated in England Rocks - a times tables competition involving hundreds of schools across the country! 

In January 2024, we officially

relaunched Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS)! Children

(and staff!) had a fantastic day channelling their inner rock stardom and classes enjoyed competing against each other and their teachers, in times tables battles! A superb effort from all! 



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