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Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems. Mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.

At Reculver we teach Maths daily. We teach to the National Curriculum programme of study and all year groups plan from a medium term plan which ensures all aspects of the new curriculum are covered with a high level of expectation. We use learning ladders to differentiate and encourage all children to reach their full potential and challenge themselves. For each step on the ladder children are given using and applying questions to put methods they have learnt to use in problem solving and real life application. This enables children to make links with what they are learning to their own lives.

Maths also occurs in cross-curricular ways. It can appear in a variety of lessons such as geography, science, history and P.E. Every term, each year group completes a maths investigation linked to their current topic to show that maths isn’t only for maths lessons and solving number sentences.

Year 1—Who am I?

Year 2—Sowing and Growing

Year 3— Around the World in 20 Days

Year 4 — Comparing of seasonal temperatures with Iceland

Year 5— Fever, fire and Fashion

Year 6—Who’s the Mummy


To assess the children’s mathematical ability and learning we assess using ongoing assessment linked to the National Curriculum descriptors and we carry out informal testing to support this. Annually children are tested via optional SATs style tests in years 3,4,5 and through formal National Curriculum tests in years 2 and 6.

Our results are published annually through the link on our website.