Our school approach to teaching maths

At Saxilby Church of England Primary School, we are committed to working towards a mastery curriculum in our school with the following goals:

  • There is an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving age related expectations.
  • Intelligent practice us used to enable pupils to develop procedural fluency.
  • Practice and consolidation are essential.
  • The large majority of pup[ils progress through the curriculum content at broadly the same rate.
  • Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.
  • Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design.
  • Carefully crafted lessons and resources foster deep conceptual understanding for all pupils.
  • Early interventions are made to help all pupils keep up.
  • Teachers and other adults use precise questioning to deepen understanding.


In order to work towards these goals, as a school, we have adopted the following core philosophies, which will affect our classroom practice in the following ways:

All children are capable of succeeding.
In lessons children will have access to an age-related curriculum related to the new maths framework. We’ve tried to begin to adapt the Shanghai methods to our own school needs and how we think it will work best. Differentiation will be addressed through the level of support they receive and the level of depth their tasks are pitched at.
Everyone moves through the curriculum at the same pace.
We do not ability stream at Saxilby. Pupils who grasp concepts more rapidly will be extended into greater depth on the age related objectives. Pupils who find specific concepts more difficult will be given extra support during, before and/or after lessons as capacity allows.
If the vast majority of pupils haven’t got it, go back and do it again.
The only way to achieve mastery is to build on a solid foundation of conceptual understanding along with procedural fluency. To ensure a good level of understanding, it will be necessary to move through the curriculum more slowly at times, allowing everyone to keep up and the rapid graspers to deepen their understanding.
Talk is good.
Aim 2 of the National Curriculum is for pupils to be able to reason mathematically. In order to develop this ability, children need to be able to talk about their mathematics. We aim to give children throughout the school, the ability to do this in every lesson.
Less in each lesson, small steps securely.
To ensure no child is left behind in their learning, and pupils develop a genuine conceptual understanding of the topics covered, we try to include less in each lesson, making sure all pupils are able to understand content thoroughly before moving on. The cohesive design of our maths curriculum and a stepped approach to planning enables teachers to achieve this.
More time on each topic, do it once, do it well
We have redesigned our curriculum in order to only cover a topic once, with place value and the key arithmetic skills taught first in each year group. These arithmetic skills will then be targets for the children to develop and embed from each January onwards.
Building concepts with resources
Teachers make a commitment to use resources that will develop and deepen conceptual understanding of maths. Models and images and resources need to be chosen by the teacher carefully.
A commitment to key skills.
In order to achieve mastery, pupils need to have procedural fluency. To this end, we have organised the curriculum with the key arithmetic skills first and we then monitor pupils’ progress at the end of each long term to identify next steps.


Maths Vocabulary Guidance                             Guidance for supporting your child with learning times tables

Mathematical Vocabulary                                      Learning Times Tables Guide for Parents.docx


Guidance in the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication

Addition Years 1-3                    Addition Years 4-6.pptx

Subtraction Years 1-3.pptx      Subtraction Years 4-6.pptx

Multiplication Years 1-3.pptx    Multiplication Years 4-6

Division Years 1-3.pptx           Division Years 4-6.pptx


Notes from the Parents Workshop

Maths Workshop Addition Jan 17


Maths Fluency Passports for each year group

Year 1 Maths Fluency Passport

Year 2 Maths Fluency Passport

Year 3 Maths Fluency Passport

Year 4 Maths Fluency Passport

Year 5 Maths Fluency Passport

Year 6 Maths Fluency Passport


Teaching Overviews / Curriculum Coverage by Year group

Year 1 teaching overview

Year 2 teaching overview

Year 3 teaching overview

Year 4 teaching overview

Year 5 teaching overview

Year 6 teaching overview