Newton Drive, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, DH1 5BG
0191 386 5400


Maths Coordinator Team: Mrs L Lewis, Mrs K Galley, Miss K Truby

Governor with the responsibility for Creativity: Mr M Wilkinson

At Framwellgate Moor Primary School we have a clear vision that our maths curriculum meets the needs of ALL children so ALL children can achieve. We deliver daily lessons that are creative and engaging, using the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. We do not rush ahead in our delivery but allow our children to explore mathematical concepts in real depth, developing secure understanding and an ability to reason and problem solve, building real life skills that will support them in the world of work and beyond.

Early Years

In EYFS we develop a strong foundation in number, so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. In our early years provision maths is explored through play. The children are introduced to new concepts and ideas through adult guided or whole class teaching and are then given the opportunity to independently explore these both indoors and out. Practical resources are at the heart of the learning and children will be familiarised with many of the models and resources needed for their future maths work, e.g. part-whole model. We focus largely on understanding of number and want the children to understand the link between numbers and quantities, how quantities are composed of smaller parts, how numbers relate to one another, how quantities change when you add or take away. We predominately focus on developing a really strong sense of numbers to 10, but children will be able to count to 20 and beyond and develop a sense of what those numbers mean.

In Key Stage 1  

Pupils will develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources. At this stage, pupils will develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value, an emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

Lower Key Stage 2

The focus of Maths in lower key stage 2 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 ensures that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils are developing their ability to solve a range of problems (routine and non-routine), including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Our children are encouraged to draw with increased accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. We expect that children can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12x table and show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

Upper Key Stage 2

At this stage, 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. Pupils are developing their ability to solve a wider range of problems (routine and non-routine), including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures will consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Our teaching enables pupils to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. By the end of Year 6, our pupils should be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Career Links

As a school, we feel it is important that our pupils know that maths equips us with many of the skills required for life, learning and work. Maths plays an important role a vast range of areas such as science or technologies, and is vital to research and development in fields such as engineering, computing science, medicine and finance. It is importance to us that our pupils understand that learning mathematics gives them access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies and interests.

Skills required for a career involving maths:

  • investigative, inquisitive and curious
  • work independently
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • pays attention to detail
  • organised
  • great communication skills
  • IT skills

By the end of their mathematical journey at FMPS, we want to ensure that our children have acquired the relevant skills, knowledge, confidence and foundations necessary to allow them to be successful in the next stage of their learning and to develop their sense of the world around them and how to manage their own lives.

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Our Maths Policies:

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An example of our Home Learning Maths Lessons:

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