The curriculum for Mathematics at Hapton CE/ Methodist Primary school aims to ensure that all of our 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.
  • In early years, children will be taught number and shape, space and measures.


At Hapton, we use resources from the White Rose Primary Scheme and NCETM Mastery Documents to develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress.

We encourage mathematical discussions which allow children to explain their thinking or their journey to the answer. When introducing a new concept, we allow children the opportunity to explore it in different ways to ensure children are fully secure with the concept.

Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.

Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. We support those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material and provide interventions so they can consolidate their understanding before moving on.

In EYFS, children will mainly learn through exploring real objects and seeing numbers in real life. Many of the activities planned for children in early years will be hands on and practical to ensure concepts are mastered.


Children will have a love and enthusiasm for maths. They will feel supported in their maths lesson and not be afraid to have a go at maths problems. The children will work collaboratively in maths and maths talk will be encouraged. Teachers will teach well thought out lessons that support and challenge children.

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