Mastery of mathematics is something that we want all pupils to acquire throughout their school lives and beyond. To achieve this, we include aspects of fluency, reasoning and problem solving in mathematics lessons and aim for pupils to gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

How and Why did the Maths Mastery Approach Develop?

  • Too many children are falling behind
  • Not enough children are excelling
  • Teaching has been focussed on procedures over understanding
  • Negative attitudes towards maths ability and enjoyment

What is a Maths Mastery Approach?

  • Depth before breath – a rigorous and systematic programme that is developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence.
  • It provides a deep understanding of the subject through a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach.
  • Mastery – when a concept or skill can be applied over time in a multiple of ways and to an unfamiliar setting
  • A child’s mind-set is more important than prior attainment.

A Maths Mastery Curriculum

  • High expectations for every child
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • A research based curriculum
  • The use of objects and pictures before number and letters
  •  Problem solving is central
  • Language and Communication lead to understanding
  • Challenge is provided through an increased depth, rather than acceleration of content

Below you will find an overview of the objectives your children will had the opportunity to learn by the end of each year:


Year 1 Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 4 Curriculum

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 6 Curriculum


Early Years Foundation Stage

At this stage mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.