Ponsbourne St Mary's Church Of England Primary School

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Curriculum Intent

At Ponsbourne St Mary’s, we want children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically.

We aim for children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects

We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.

We use the Mastery approach to teaching and learning designed to support the aims and objectives of the new National Curriculum to help us achieve this intent.

Curriculum Implementation

The overviews;

- Have number at their heart. A large proportion of time  is spent reinforcing number to build competency

- Children work in the required key stage, working on depth of knowledge rather than breadth.

- Students have the opportunity to progress together as they work through the schemes as a whole group. They are supported within lesson to help achieve the ideal of depth of learning.

- Provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.

 Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical structures and representations. Children are taught together as a whole class and the focus is on depth - not acceleration - so that all children have a chance to embed learning. Teaching is supported by high-quality resources which present the flow of lessons coherently and provide opportunities for plenty of intelligent practice.

We believe that all students, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach.

Concrete – students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. 

Pictorial – students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations.  These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.  

 Children continue to develop a fluency in maths which allows them to access all maths effectively. These sessions are done regularly and cover areas already learnt to keep those concepts practised and remembered.

We use the Hertfordshire programme Maths Essentials and aim to cover these areas each term.

Please click on the link below for 


Written Maths - Essential Calculation Progression

Adventurers (Early Years) Maths


Explorers (Years 1 and 2) Maths


Pioneers (Years 3 and 4) Maths


Discoverers (Years 5 and 6) Maths