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Mathematics Policy

Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School

Mathematics Policy Document

Mission Statement

We at Benjamin Hargreaves strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.

Aims of Mathematics

Using the programmes of study from the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy Framework for Teaching Mathematics it is our aim to develop:

  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics
  • Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
  • An ability to communicate mathematics
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment

School Policy and the National Curriculum

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

At KS1 and KS2 teachers use the NNS Framework for Teaching Mathematics to ensure that all parts of the National Curriculum Programme of Study are taught.

Breadth of Study

Through careful planning and thorough preparation we aim to ensure that throughout the school children are given the opportunities to take part in:

  • Practical activities and mathematical games
  • Problem solving tasks
  • Individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
  • Open and closed tasks
  • A range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, pencil and paper, practical and using a calculator
  • Working with computers as a mathematical tool.


Scheme of Work

Our school scheme of work is a working document composed of ongoing plans produced on a week by week basis. Plans are developed from the NNS Framework and take into consideration the needs of our children.


Cross Curricular Issues

Throughout the entire curriculum opportunities exist to extend and promote mathematics. Teachers actively seek to take advantage of these.


Planning and Organisation

Each class is responsible for the mathematics in their class in consultation with the Mathematics Subject Leader. The approach to the teaching of mathematics within the school is based on three key principles:

  1. A daily Mathematics lesson (between 45 and 60 minutes) and a weekly half hour Basic Maths lesson (KS2 only)
  2. A clear focus on direct, instructional teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.
  3. An emphasis on mental calculation and place value

Lessons are planned using a common planning format (see desktop-planning templates-maths) and are collected and monitored by the Mathematics Subject Leader as necessary.

Teachers of the Reception class base their teaching on objectives in the Framework for Reception; this ensures that they are working towards the ‘Early Learning Goals for Mathematical Development’. Towards the end of reception teachers aim to draw the elements of a daily mathematics lesson together so that by the time they reach Year 1 children are familiar with a 45 minute lesson.


All teachers should organise an area within the classroom dedicated to mathematics resources. This area should be clearly labeled and easily accessible to all children and allows them to become familiar with all resources. Resources which are not required regularly are stored centrally outside the KS1 classrooms for all year groups to access.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The mathematics subject leader is released regularly from their classroom in order to work alongside other teachers. This time is used to monitor and evaluate the quality and standards of mathematics throughout the school. Opportunities to review the scheme, policy and published materials are given on a regular basis during staff meetings.

  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
  • | Phone: 01254 232130