Gloucester Road Primary School

Gloucester Road
Nursery & Primary School

Maths Curriculum

At Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School, we foster positive 'can do' attitudes and embrace our school motto 'I can do it'. We believe all children can achieve in Mathematics and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts.  We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and ensure challenge through rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration thorough new content. We aim for all pupils to enjoy and achieve in mathematics and become confident mathematicians.

 Curriculum Intent

We aim for all pupils to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Solve Problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including 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.  

Curriculum Implementation: 

Mathematics is delivered through whole class lessons which are carefully planned to help develop children's mathematical understanding. Key concepts are broken into small steps to ensure all children are able to access the learning, some children may need additional resources, support and scaffolding. Conceptual understanding is developed through concrete and visual representations and children are given opportunities to explain their reasoning as part of their daily maths lessons.  This enables children to gain a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts so that learning is sustainable over time.  Children build new learning upon prior knowledge whilst striving to consolidate key skills they have already learned. Children are supported through specific planned interventions and are challenged by being exposed to a variety of rich and sophisticated problems. 

In addition to the daily Mathematics lessons, the children also receive daily 'fluency' sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity for practising key number and arithmetic skills. The sessions are taught and focused, encouraging children to make connections, see patterns, build their arithmetical fluency and work together to explore mathematical ideas and conjectures.   

Daily Mathematical lesson: Teach up (45-50 minutes)

Manageable Steps of new learning based on the NC statements 


Learning together 

Intelligent Practise


Support and Challenge

Typical Lesson design:

  • Revisit - Quick revisit of previous lesson 
  • Hook it: Introduction
  • WALT - We are learning to ... (Small step and key vocabulary)
  • Teach It: Live modelling of the new learning with explicit use of potential misunderstandings
  • Practise It: All children practise together Support & Challenge
  • Do It: Up to 5 examples – 5 ‘What it is’ or ‘3+2 ‘What it is/What it’s also’ Challenge 1: Procedural Fluency
  • Secure It: 1 or 2 Misunderstandings (True/false, Spot the mistake) Challenge 2: Conceptual Understanding
  • Deepen It: Apply understanding to solve new problems Challenge 3: Mathematical Thinking
  • Review It: Lesson Recap: Key Concept Statement and Key Vocabulary
Daily Maths on Track meetings (M.O.T)  Keep Up (15-20 minutes)

Deliberate Practise Sessions






Day 1 : Arithmetic

Day 2 : Arithmetic

Day 3 : Deliberate Practice: Past and Present

Day 4: Deliberate Practice: Past and Present

Day 5: Fact Friday

Curriculum Impact

As a result of mathematics planning and teaching at Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School, we aim for pupils to demonstrate confidence and engagement in their learning due to all being challenged at a level that is appropriate for their needs.

Lessons use a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods (in-line with the calculation policy) to support learning, and attainment is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.

At Gloucester Road , a mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using mathematical language to explain their ideas, and they can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.

Children should be able to demonstrate quick recall of facts and procedures and have the fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics, while making connections. Children at Gloucester Road show confidence in believing that they will achieve, and they show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of their work.

Maths Policy 

 EYFS Mathematical Road Map 

Whole School Mathematical Road Maps 

Calculation progression Y1-Y6 



Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in the Foundation Stage are taught in a systematic way using Can Do Maths and Mastering Number resources to support the Teaching and Learning of Maths. There is a significant emphasis on concrete and pictorial representations used to develop an understanding of Mathematics. Children are encouraged to use, enjoy, explore, practice and talk confidently about Mathematics using reasoning. The children are exposed to practical resources like Numicon, ten frames and other concrete material to master key concepts.

The Six Key Areas of Early Mathematics Learning:

1. Cardinality and Counting - understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity or 'howmanyness' of things it represents.

2. Comparison - understand that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other.

3. Composition - understanding that one number can be made up from two or more smaller numbers.

4. Pattern - looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships. 

5. Shape and Space - understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking. 

6. Measure - comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units compare later.  


Action Plan 2021-2024