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Aims of the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Source: National Curriculum 2014

Whole School Maths Curriculum Overview

Maths Long Term Plan


Golden threads of learning (progression of skills)

Maths at Preston CofE Primary


Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practise, and application. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.  


Children have a deep understanding of the learning when the learning sticks with them and can be transferred and applied in different contexts. Our children should be able to relate their knowledge from several areas of learning, and their fluency when recalling knowledge should be supported by their mathematical reasoning. We hope that through deep learning and the use of high-level thinking skills our children develop meaningful knowledge to allow them problem solve effectively. Additionally, we encourage the development of our children’s perseverance so that they can be resilient when applying their knowledge. 

We intend to do this by: 

  • Ensuring our children have access to a high-quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. 
  • Providing quality first teaching to all learners.
  • Exposure to high-level questioning and thinking in lessons. 
  • Involving our pupils in a variety of additional mathematical learning opportunities to encourage a love of learning.   
  • Using meaningful contexts when applying their maths knowledge. 
  • Insisting our pupils reason for their mathematical choices and use the most efficient method. 
  • Ensuring our pupils are confident mathematicians, so they are not afraid to take risks or be resilient with problem solving. 
  • Fully developing independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and interest in self-improvement. 
  • Having high expectations of all learners to achieve the requirements set out in the National Curriculum.


Maths across the school

Examples of work