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The subject leader for Mathematics is Mrs. Eves


Children’s chances of succeeding in education and life will be maximised if they develop deep and lasting procedural and conceptual mathematical understanding. Therefore, at Underwood Primary School, our aim for our maths curriculum is to provide children opportunities to develop a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. To achieve this we use the mastery approach and follow the White Rose scheme of work. Our curriculum is planned to allow time for children to embed new knowledge and build on new concepts in a small step progressive way. Students are encouraged to be confident with mathematics and lessons are planned to allow children to apply their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving activities. This is supported by our calculation policy which provides a framework to ensure an agreed progression of methods throughout the school. Daily maths lessons are taught in isolation to ensure progression in mathematical fluency and to embed key concepts. 


Through our teaching, we give the children opportunities:

  • to work individually, raising their own questions and developing their own strategies to solve problems.
  • to work collaboratively – structuring their own ideas through discussion with a partner or small group
  • to practise mental skills, including counting, rapid recall, newly learned facts and calculation strategies.
  • to solve problems, see patterns, make predictions, present information clearly and interpret data.
  • to give oral explanations of their strategies and methods using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
  • to use ICT, when appropriate, to increase their understanding and to help solve more complex problems and investigations


EYFS and KS1

In EYFS and KS1, we are part of the NCTEM Mastering Number project. This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. All children in EYFS and KS1 access 10-15 minute sessions, four times a week taught by the class teacher.