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Our Curriculum

At Freezywater St George’s we follow the new National Curriculum for Maths. This places a strong emphasis on children becoming ‘fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics’ allowing them to be able to recall and apply knowledge using a ‘variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication’ quickly and accurately. It is a mastery based curriculum with a focus on reasoning; children are taught and encouraged to reason, prove and justify their answers demonstrating their understanding.

In the EYFS we have developed our Maths teaching and learning (to meet the needs of our pupils) using elements from a range of different sources.. Objectives and coverage follow our assessment system pupil tracker as well as being guided by the requirements and recommendations set out in the Early Years ‘Development Matters’ EYFS document. EYFS and KS1 lessons have strong practical elements which where possible are cross curricular in approach linking to texts. This includes using some of the terminology and activities provided from the system Maths Make Sense (MMS), a powerful way of teaching mathematics designed by Richard Dunne, but it is not used exclusively. We also believe that Maths should have a ‘real life context’ and look to develop this where possible.

Years 1 - 6 use the Rising Stars Maths system which is broken into 14 units which align to the 2014 National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Each unit takes approximately 2-3 weeks’ teaching time. As identified in the Teacher’s Guide, each year group follow a planning grid displaying the year’s concepts and objectives which are to be covered. It also identifies the resources that the objective links to which come in the form of Textbooks and digital resources  such as eBooks, digital tools and animations. Each unit directly refers to the mathematical vocabulary that needs to be addressed and gives opportunities to master the skill and then apply learning.

Homework from Years 1 – 6 is used as a consolidation of the area taught using the Rising Stars Practice Books which align to the different units. The idea is that homework should be little and often and then marked and looked at as part of the learning in the next lesson.

We have produced a detailed version of our calculation policy which we encourage parents to read. This policy outlines the methods and strategies we use to teach various mathematical skills and knowledge. At Freezywater St George’s our Maths curriculum covers the key areas of number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, measurement, geometry – shapes & position, statistics, ratio, proportion and algebra. There is also an emphasis on using and applying (problem solving) throughout all strands. As part of this, times tables are seen as a vital part of mathematical development and our expectation is:

Times Tables

Pupils are expected to know their times tables up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4.

  • Y1 Children start learning it count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Y2 Children fluent in 2s, 5s,10s
  • Y3 Children fluent in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s and 10
  • Y4 Children fluent up to 12 x 12

Home Learning

With regards to home learning (in addition to homework) pupils are given many opportunities
to develop their mathematical skills using ‘Mathletics’ and maths based activities on ‘DB
primary’, as well as for Year 6 access to the Rising Stars SATs revision website ‘Achieve Online’.
All pupils have logins for these resources.

Some other websites that can be accessed are:



Below is the content of what will be covered through the maths curriculum for each year group during the year. The statement column shares the areas to be taught and what the objectives are. These align to the 2014 National Curriculum Programme of Study for Mathematics​. Reference to the units and the letters show the sequence in which specific areas are to be taught and in what unit those skills will be addressed.

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