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Lady Katherine Leveson CE Primary school strives for every pupil to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascinating, aesthetic and creative aspects of the subject, promoting fluency in number skills and enhanced problem solving skills. 

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics.
The aims of mathematics are:
  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach
  • To promote confidence and competence so that children are ‘proud to shine’ about their achievements
  • To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the
  • number system
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts
  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is
  • gathered and presented
  • To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
  • To understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.


To enable us to work consistently across all year groups we have implemented the Busy Ant Scheme of work. This ensures continuity and allows children to develop their skills throughout the years, ensuring each child has a deeper understanding of mathematics.


If you would like any further information, please pop in and talk to our Maths coordinator, Mrs Wade, or the governor responsible for maths, Mr I Carnell.                                                                                                  

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The mathematics curriculum at Lady Katherine C. of E. primary school

Maths is essential; we use maths in every aspect of our lives at work and in practical everyday activities at home and beyond. We use maths when we go shopping or plan a holiday, decide on a mortgage or decorate a room. Good numeracy is essential to us and at Lady Katherine we seek to embed a strong mathematical learning and love of mathematics that develops from foundation to year 6 and beyond. We want all children to reach a level of numeracy that allows them to meet their full potential. To achieve this we will work unrelentingly to improve levels of numeracy, we will aim to create a more positive ‘can-do’ attitude to maths.

Within key stage 1 and 2, mathematics is taught daily, in classes. The structure of lessons includes an introduction, period of main teaching and discussion; child centred individual activities and a review. The content of all lessons follows the key areas as outlined within the National Curriculum 2014.


Areas of study include:

Number – Number and place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Ratio and proportion (Year 6)

Algebra (Year 6)


Geometry – Properties of shapes

Position and Direction


In nursery and reception children begin to recognise numbers and develop an understanding of numerical amounts. Children in Reception will begin to learn about numbers and how to work with them in basic calculations. They will begin to learn how to add, subtract and count in twos, fives and 10s. They will also be taught to describe and recognise 2D shapes, 3D shapes and the location of objects, as well as form patterns and describe events in a chronological order.

In year one this initial understanding is developed by continuing with addition and subtraction and introducing problem solving the children also begin to use number lines, doubling and halving, telling the time to the hour and ½ hour, measuring, shape recognition and exploration and collecting and recording data.

In year two there’s still a lot of practical and visual learning in maths, using real-life situations children can relate to. The children are learning to think about the methods they use to solve problems, and to check if they are correct. They will start to work with logic problems, and will be recording their results using lists and tables. They will also start to work on solving maths problems mentally. Children may revisit topics they covered in Reception or Year 1. This is revision in preparation for KS1 SATs, but also to ensure that children have really understood the basics before they move into Key Stage 2. Children are using < and > symbols and recognising place value of digits in a two/three-digit number. They are developing their times table knowledge and easily recognise odd and even numbers. In fractions they are learning to find 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a shape or quantity and are using appropriate units to measure length, weight and capacity. The children are learning to construct simple pictograms tally charts, block diagrams and tables and are able to answer questions about the data presented.


In year three children will are more confident in their mathematical ability and this is continued to be developed. Children will continue learning Number and Place Value, Counting in steps of 4, 8, 50 and 100, Recognising place value three-digit numbers, Comparing and ordering numbers to 1000 and writing these in numerals and words. When Calculating children will be Adding and subtracting with numbers up to three digits using column addition and subtraction, they will be learning multiplication facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times table and multiplying two-digit numbers by one-digit numbers. Using fractions they will be finding fractions of quantities, understanding equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions of the same denominator. Measure will continue to be investigated and children will become more accurate when estimating and reading time. They will develop in the understanding of perimeter and area within shapes.


In year four most children have a good grasp of the basic maths skills and their mental maths recall is becoming more automatic. The children in year 4 will be starting to develop their own ideas of how to solve maths problems, and how to check that their calculations are correct. Maths is still taught daily through a mix of oral, practical and written work, and the children are given plenty of opportunities to see how maths links to other areas of the curriculum, and real-life situations. Children continue with Number and place value Counting in steps of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000, recognising place value of each digit in a four-digit number and introducing negative numbers in their counting back. Column addition and subtraction continues to be practised using 4 digit numbers. Multiplication facts for all times tables 12 x 12 are known securely. Fractions continue to be developed and an understanding of equivalence between fractions and decimals is learnt. Measure includes converting units and geometry incorporates co-ordinates, symmetry and translating shapes.

Year five, By Year 5, children should be confident with one- and two-step problems and using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and they should be able to decide on the best way of solving a problem. There is still a focus on times tables, as well as fractions and decimal work. Children use numbers up to and including 1,000,000 they round, count on and count back with positive and negative numbers. They identify prime numbers, factors and multiples and use long multiplication and short division when calculating.

Children compare, convert and multiply fractions and know percentage and decimal equivalents.

They can solve problems in all areas of measure and have developed a deep understanding of angles.


Year six maths will include new work and revision of earlier topics. Children should be working on three-step problems now, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They are encouraged to work independently, deciding themselves on the best method of solving a problem, and then estimating their results and checking to see if they are correct. Revision sessions are undertaken to help to prepare them for KS2 SATs and secondary school.

Children will continue to revise and develop in all maths areas using Fractions, decimals and percentages they will simplify, compare, multiply, divide and order fractions. They will find percentages of amounts and solve problems involving shape and scale. Using algebra they will use simple formulae, generate and describe linear number sequences, express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknown.

  • Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England School,
  • Fen End Road West,
  • Temple Balsall Knowle,
  • Solihull,
  • West Midlands,
  • B93 0AN
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  • Telephone : 01564 772374