Children's Zone

Children's Zone

Beech Grove


Maths is linked to nearly every part of our lives from shopping to having to work out how to make a cake. We use maths in all aspects of our life and it helps us function successfully as adults and children in our society.  At Beech Grove we follow a Mastery-led curriculum developed in part by the White Rose Maths Hub to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives.

Please click on the links below to view the relevant documents: 

Y1-6 OverviewCalculations Guidance      Maths Progression with reasoning  

The documents above give you an overview of what will be taught and an approximate timescale for this. In mixed age classes children will still be taught year objectives, but may access these at slightly different times to straight year classes. Our curriculum is designed to ensure we are consistent in our mathematical delivery across the school and we have good coverage of all year specific objectives.

Our curriculum has number at its heart to build a solid numerical understanding.  We believe in depth before breadth, this is at the very heart of a consistent Mastery-led curriculum, ensuring all pupils can develop as confident and able mathematicians. 

At Beech Grove we believe that every pupil can succeed in mathematics.   Positive teachers with strong subject knowledge, who know their class well, are the key to our pupil’s success.  Every member of staff is committed and motivated to ensure our Mathematics Curriculum is inspiring and exciting.

Our Calculation Guidance has been developed with our local cluster of schools to further ensure consistency in our mathematics delivery.   It is important that any type of calculation is given a real life context or problem solving approach to help build children’s understanding of the purpose of calculation, and to help them recognise when to use certain operations and methods when faced with problems.

We aim to ensure that links and connections between concepts are embedded and models and images underpin our teaching.  As a school, any phase of learning will include the following elements to aid and clarify learning:

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

Pictorial – pupils should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations.  These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, pupils should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

The aim of our teaching and learning of mathematics is to ensure all children are fluent mathematicians so that they can solve increasingly complex problems as they progress through the school and that the children develop a firm conceptual understanding of all the areas of maths and the ability to rapidly recall and apply knowledge. 

Children are exposed to a variety of computing to further embed or motivate learning - such as providing an interesting real life hook to a lesson or to allow time to reinforce a concept.

Planning is supported by use of White Rose Maths Hub Mastery Overviews, Test base, N-Rich, NCETM, PUMA, Mathletics and the wealth of real life problems that present themselves in order to support children to use and apply their knowledge.

The four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is our starting block for most cohorts. We work to ensure that their knowledge of all number related facts such as their times table facts, effects of multiplying by 10,100 or 1000 is understood, alongside understanding of counting, place value, rounding, estimating, doubling and halving and ordering.

Children will then progress to acquiring skills based on geometry where they learn about shape, position and direction and measures. They then move on to ratio and proportion, statistics and algebra. Again all reinforced and made fluent by using and applying to problem-solving as well as talking about and justifying their understanding.

As part of our on-going commitment to provide enrichment opportunities, we run termly 'Problem Solving' days, which are an opportunity for the school community to come together to enjoy the challenge of mathematics. We also take part in the Wellington School Maths Challenge which the children enjoy.