Teaching and Learning

We are committed to delivering a high quality maths education, providing a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and moreover a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject. Children’s mathematical development comes from being immersed in a rich and interesting environment. They need to become confident and competent in learning and using key mathematical skills.

At Corvus Education, all our staff are committed to ensuring that every child can:

  • Enjoy the subject and study it with a sense of confidence and achievement
  • Achieve a high standard in numeracy and gain a secure foundation of knowledge, skills and concepts
  • Use and apply these skills with confidence and understanding in real life problems
  • Develop an ability to think logically and to use mathematical language with confidence and understanding
  • Have an appreciation of mathematical pattern and relationships
  • Have a positive attitude towards maths as an interesting and creative subject
  • Gain experience of working independently, investigating their own ideas
  • Develop their own mental and written methods

In the Early Years, this aspect of learning involves the children taking part in counting, sorting, matching, looking for patterns and relationships and working with number, shapes, space and measure.  Mathematical concepts are taught through small group and whole class activities and are consolidated through play and independent investigation.

During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

During Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through exploration and discussion. They learn to make connections between mathematical ideas, leading to a deeper understanding of number.  Pupils develop their use of efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations with increasingly larger numbers. They learn to solve more complex problems, including those that involve fractions and decimals, within a wide range of contexts.


Assessment in maths is on-going and an essential part of teaching. Assessment enables pupils who are not making adequate progress or whose attainment is below the age-related expectations to be targeted for additional support. Children whose attainment exceeds expectations are closely monitored to ensure that they are mathematically challenged. Children’s work is marked in line with the school’s marking policy. Children are encouraged to respond to these comments, ensuring that they understand the next steps in their learning.

Ofsted said:

“The mathematics curriculum is well planned. Staff provide pupils with practical resources to explore mathematical concepts. Pupils then learn to represent these by drawing and recording with numbers. Pupils remember what they have learned in mathematics. They can apply their learning to solving problems.” Ofsted report (2020), Manor Field Infant and Nursery School

“Leaders ensure that the mathematics curriculum is appropriately ambitious. Leaders have identified what pupils need to know. There is a clear progression for pupils to gain their mathematical knowledge and skills. Pupils know their times tables. They can confidently explain their mathematical thinking. Pupils’ books show that they have opportunities to practise and develop their thinking further. Teachers are clear about how their lessons fit into a sequence of learning.” Ofsted report (2020), Aslacton Primary School


Useful Websites:

White Rose Maths – maths scheme of learning

NRich Maths – fun, problem solving activities

TT Rock Stars – daily times table practise (password required)

BBC Bitesize (KS2)

Maths Zone

Topmarks – fun, interactive games for all ages