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In the Carey Federation we aim to develop children that are confident, numerate learners who are able to apply and use mathematical knowledge and skills in everyday life. We believe that mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected subject that is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education should therefore provide 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.


Our ‘mastery’ curriculum supports pupils gaining a deep understanding of the content taught for their year, resulting in sustainable knowledge and skills. Key measures of this are their abilities to reason mathematically and to solve increasingly complex problems, doing so with fluency, as described in the aims of the National Curriculum, all pupils:


• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.’ (National Curriculum page 3)


Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum opportunities for number, calculation and shape, space and measures. Learning for these areas is through children's play and teacher directed activities both inside and outside.


Key Stage 1

We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 1, they should:

  • have a positive attitude towards and an awareness of the fascinating nature of mathematics.
  • have an ever-increasing understanding of mathematics developed through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
  • be able to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond.
  • have developed a range of mental and written calculation skills and be able to use these confidently in different settings.
  • have developed their understanding of shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment.
  • use mathematical language to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
  • use and build upon their prior experiences of mathematics.


Key Stage 2

We believe that by the time the children reach the end of Key Stage 2, they should:

  • be using the number system confidently, moving from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations.
  • try to tackle a problem with mental methods before using any other approach.
  • be capable in explaining the features of shape and space, and use their measuring skills in a range of contexts.
  • be able to discuss and present their methods and reasoning using a wider range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.
  • have an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • have developed an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • We promote a focus on the four rules of number and incorporate mathematics in to other lessons whenever appropriate


Class teachers also plan to make mathematics exciting and engaging by creating opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.