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  2. Our Curriculum


"Pupils from early years to Year 6 enjoy lessons, want to answer questions and are keen to do well. 

Teachers teach with energy and enthusiasm, using high-quality questioning to encourage pupils' mathematical reasoning. They are ably supported by teaching assistants who skilfully identify pupils' misconceptions during lessons and provide immediate intervention and support."

[Ofsted 2017]

At Coldean Primary School, we are proud of our commitment to ensuring that all children develop their number fluency, problem-solving and reasoning skills in mathematics. Through meaningful cross-curricular links, we provide opportunities for children to think creatively and flexibly.

From pre-school to year 6, children are enabled to make strong connections in their learning through varied learning opportunities. We are passionate that children develop a deep understanding throughout the maths curriculum and facilitate this through active teaching of the use of wide variety of resources in a language-rich environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory framework we teach to all children in our Pre-school, Nursery and Reception classes.

We currently teach the Primary National Curriculum for mathematics for children in Years 1 to 6. Children are taught in their class by their teacher. Some children may work with other teachers or teaching assistants on specialised programmes to support their learning further.

Mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Pre-school, Nursery and Reception) utilises both indoor and outdoor areas of learning to provide mathematical experiences. These are supported by focused teaching of appropriate concepts. Children's progress is observed and assessed in an on-going learning journal.

Primary-aged children learn mathematics for at least an hour each day with their class. On-going daily assessments by staff and children against individual MAC targets (mathematics assessment criteria) combined with end of unit and end of term assessments, ensure that children's progress is closely monitored ensuring further support or challenge is appropriate and timely.









We are participating in the Mastery Teacher Research Group, which is funded by National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Click here for more details.

Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract

Children are taught to use concrete resources e.g. counters, bead strings, Dienes Base-10, number lines, Numicon, Cuisenaire, to develop and enhance their learning of each mathematical concept. We believe that this concrete (action-based) approach is essential before moving onto pictorial representations (image-based) and finally abstract whereby children record their mathematics using symbols such as =, +, x.  Once learned, children move between these stages with ease. 

Rich, challenging tasks

We provide rich mathematical learning tasks, often involving project-based or problems linked to the current topic.  These real contexts help children to apply their mathematical skills whilst developing their problem-solving and reasoning skills.  We encourage children to select their own resources when solving problems.


Coldean subscribes to White Rose and My Maths an interactive online teaching and homework website that builds pupil engagement and consolidates maths knowledge.

KS1 pupils can also hone their number facts with access to Numbots

KS2 pupils can hone their multiplication facts with access to Times Tables Rockstars

Login details are available from your child's class teacher.

The Mathematics Coordinators are Mr Bulmer and Mrs Fadden.  They are always happy to discuss anything mathematical!

We endeavour to provide workshops for parents to support their understanding of how we teach maths, how children learn maths and ways in which they can support their children outside of school.

Please check the calendar for news of upcoming workshops.

Useful Resources


This useful booklet of ideas and games to support learning of number facts was used at one of the workshops.

Click here to download a copy.