Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School

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The MATHS CURRICULUM at Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School.

We are passionate about teaching mathematics in this school and we want all children to be enthusiastic and motivated learners.



Our Maths curriculum is designed to:

· Enable all children to succeed in Mathematics and make good progress.

· Engage and interest children providing fun and real-life contexts.

· Build on skills/knowledge from 2yrs to 7yrs using a progression that sequences learning effectively.

· Ensure that children are well prepared for their next stage of education.




We make this happen by:

· Following a ‘Mastery curriculum’ based on the National Curriculum 2014 and using White Rose Maths Y1/Y2 schemes of learning for KS1. In EYFS we use the Statutory framework for the EYFS (2021), Development Matters (2021) and WRM guidance.

· Planning half-termly to put an effective teaching sequence is in place based on what children know/can do and what they need to know/do next. Ongoing assessment of knowledge and skills identifies gaps in learning and priority content.

· Planning lessons that have a balance of fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. Consolidation of learning and the repetition/practice of content is built in to ensure children can better retain key skills and methods.

· Giving additional support where necessary to keep children learning together.

· Having a separate short Daily Maths fluency session. This helps children build their memory for key maths facts and methods.

· Using consistent key vocabulary. Precise language and phrases are modelled by school staff and children can practice these in pairs, small groups and the class group.

· Providing classroom environments that are rich with displays and prompts to support children as they learn and have a good range of quality resources.

· Enriching maths content by taking part in special events (ie MoneySense workshops, NSPCC Number Day) and linking learning in maths to other subjects where this is purposeful.

· Promoting a ‘can do’ and ‘have a go’ attitude. Children are supported by adults in their learning but also have opportunities to work independently and to be resilient when problems occur.

· The Maths Lead keeping all staff updated with new legislation and research. An active programme of training develops the expertise and subject knowledge of all staff.

· Working with parents. Termly Newsletters and Dojo posts keep parents informed.

We ask for parental support to run Mathletics. This fun home/school electronic

learning programme is proven to boost children’s maths attainment.




We measure how well we are doing by:

· Assessing our children’s outcomes against the ELGs for EYFS and the end of Key stage 1 expectations for Y1 and Y2.

· Monitoring the work children do and their response and attitudes to learning.

· Speaking with children so that they can demonstrate their developing skills and knowledge and show what they know, can do and to check they remember more than they did before.


What is a mastery curriculum?


In 2014 there was a new National Curriculum for Mathematics for KS1 pupils.

The ‘mastery’ method of teaching aims to ensure all children have a secure and deep understanding of maths, by building up maths concepts in small and logical steps. This makes maths accessible to the majority of children.

Also, in Sept 2021 a new framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage was made statutory.

If you would like to know more please visit the links below and the EYFS page.

Daily Maths fluency sessions and Mathletics

Take a walk down our school corridors, through our classrooms and in our outdoor areas to see our fabulous maths displays ๐Ÿ˜Š

Pupils in EYFS showing fluency, reasoning and problem solving

Pupils busy showing their maths fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills. We use lots of methods and manipulatives to help us with our learning ๐Ÿ˜Š


Keystage 1 pupils busy showing their fluency and problem solving strategies

We have had so much fun in our weekly Parent mornings ๐Ÿ˜Š

We hope to start these again soon.

Special events


How to help your child at home.


Children learn so much from their real-life mathematical experiences at home.

Please read these statements adapted from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

  • Talk about maths in a positive way. A positive attitude about math is infectious and we believe that every child can be successful.
  • Encourage persistence. Some problems take time to solve.
  • Encourage your child to experiment with different approaches to mathematics. There is often more than one way to solve a math problem.
  • Encourage your child to talk about and show a maths problem in a way that makes sense (i.e. draw a picture or use materials like pasta shells).
  • When your child is solving maths problems ask questions such as: Why did you...?  What can you do next? Do you see any patterns?  Does the answer make sense? How do you know? What is the same? What is different? This helps children to think about mathematics and to talk about the reasons behind their decisions.
  • Connect maths to everyday life and help your child understand how math influences them (i.e. shapes of traffic signs, walking distance to school, telling time, weighing for cooking, measuring lengths).
  • Play family math games together that add excitement such as checkers, junior monopoly, math bingo and uno.
  • Computers + math = fun! There are great computer maths games available on the internet that you can discover with your child. Also, please support our Mathletics home-school programme.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher about difficulties he/she may be experiencing. When teachers and parents work together, children benefit.

If you would like to know more about this please visit the links below.

Thank you.

maths policy

What are the key skills my child will learn in maths at Cotmanhay?