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Ivy Lane School

Ivy Lane School


At Ivy Lane Primary School, we aim to offer pupils a rich and enjoyable experience in mathematics by providing the knowledge, skills, concepts and processes. We aim to inspire every pupil to develop a love of maths.

We are constantly striving to ensure that all children have a secure understanding of the Maths curriculum. Mastery of maths means a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. This concept also adheres to the three main aims of the National Curriculum:

• Fluency- rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts

• A growing confidence to reason mathematically

• The ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses.


  • Consistently developing a positive and confident attitude towards mathematics and to support all children in achieving their full mathematical potential.
  • Learning in a way that promotes conceptual understanding - using practical equipment initially, then visual representations, and finally abstract activities.
  • Opportunities are presented for children to learn in a variety of ways, as individuals, partners, groups or as a class, to further develop their mathematical skills and understanding.
  • Using correct mathematical vocabulary to explain their mathematical thinking to others, including concepts they have a secure understanding of.
  • Develop their ability to work independently and collaboratively, as appropriate.
  • ‘Maths Passports’ are used which provide regular opportunities to improve mental skills at every level and are also used for children to reach individual maths targets. This also means that children are involved in the assessment process.

This is achieved through:

  • A daily, dedicated mathematics lesson is given to all children teaching them the necessary skills to become independent explorers of mathematics.
  • Effective questioning from teachers and encouraging children to explain and demonstrate their methods, as this consolidates their understanding.
  • Using and applying their mathematical knowledge by making appropriate choices in real-life situations.
  • Experience a wide variety of mathematical situations, developing cross curricular links, home links and links with the wider world.


In Early Years, maths is related to ‘Numbers’ and ‘Shape, space and measure’ as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and it is about the children beginning to count and order numbers from 0-20 and identify one more or one less. Children will engage with simple addition and subtraction activities using practical resources and solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. They will explore the characteristics of different objects and shapes, using mathematical language to describe them and also have the opportunity to create repeating patterns or identify them in the wider world. In addition to this, children will be encouraged to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


In Key Stage 1, maths focusses on developing children’s confidence and fluency with numbers, place value and calculations. This encourages a focus on practical methods using concrete resources and pictorial representations. Alongside this, the children will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes. Children will experience opportunities around a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/ volume, time and money. Throughout Key Stage 1, the children will be taught a range of mathematical vocabulary and will be encouraged to use this to support their explanations and reasoning. This provides the foundations for Key Stage 2, where children will to start to deal with more complex problem solving, abstract representations and will be expected to develop their reasoning skills as part of this.


In Key Stage 2, maths continues to develop children’s fluency with number and calculation. However, there is now a greater focus on mathematical reasoning and analysing connections between a range of concepts. This in turn enables children to apply these skills to different contexts. Key Stage 2 children will be exposed to different measuring instruments and will be taught to use them with accuracy whilst also making connections between measure and number. Alongside this, the children will continue to practice their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 times table and show precision and fluency in their work. In Upper Key Stage 2, once the children have developed a solid foundation in arithmetic, the children will be introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems.

 Please click documents below to view our school’s Calculation Policies.