Our Aim

Our Aims at Sea Mills Primary are in-line with the national curriculum 2013:

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all 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.

Our approach

Mathematics is taught throughout our school with clear progression appropriate to the age and stage of the child. We follow the progression, resources and teaching guidance as set out in the scheme of work produced by Abacus Primary Learning. This encompasses the requirements for Mathematics as set out in the National Curriculum 2014.  Mathematics development for children in our Early Years Foundation Stage involves providing them with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

In Years 1 and 2 the principal focus of mathematics teaching is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].

In Years 3 and 4 the principal focus of mathematics teaching is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

In Years 5 and 6 the principal focus of mathematics teaching is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

View: Our Maths Calculation Policy

How you can help at home

Try to make maths as much fun as possible – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.

Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Don’t shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

Useful links

Useful activity books

Active learn login

Maths Playground

BBC bitesize



Below is a overview guide of what each year group will be learning in class over the year.  The objectives for each term may run into one another and it is down to the class teachers discretion on how and when objectives are taught.  All objectives will be covered by the end of the year.

Maths Overview-Year 1

Maths Overview-Year 2

Maths Overview-Year 3

Maths Overview-Year 4

Maths Overview-Year 5

Maths Overview-Year 6

Here is a useful mathematics glossary resource that could be used at home to help understand specific vocabulary used in school.

National Curriculum Maths Glossary

Parents and Children working together at a Maths Work-a-long

More Useful Links…

Here you will find links to external websites that can be used to support your child in their learning in Maths. Games and activities can be used to consolidate and extend learning beyond the classroom.

Active learn is the external platform that children can access at home on tablets, MAC and PCs.  It is advised that you use Google Chrome and make sure that pop ups for this website is allowed.  Children should have been given their own individual logins.  If not then please ask their class teacher.

Click here to follow a link to download IXL’s latest FREE app for the ipad. Choose your year group and then an area to work on. Can you improve your score?

(Make sure you sign in as a guest.)

You can also access IXL on your desktop. Choose your year group and the area in Maths that you want to work on.

External links are selected and reviewed when the page is published. However, Sea Mills Primary School is not responsible for the content of external websites. This is because:

  • we do not produce them or maintain/update them
  • we cannot change them
  • they can be changed without our knowledge or agreement.