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Mathematics at SMCPS

Everyone can be great at maths!

At South Molton Community Primary School we believe that all pupils can achieve at maths. We aim to provide our pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics in the world around them and above all to enjoy developing their skills in this subject. 


When watching the pupils in their maths lessons and looking through their books you should see the three aims of the National Curriculum; fluency, reasoning and problem solving, in their everyday learning and the work that they are completing.

  • As a school we are developing the maths mastery approach, we teach maths to whole, mixed ability classes where the children learn at the same pace with scaffolding provided for children struggling to grasp concepts and challenges for those who are making rapid progress.
  • We use a scheme from the White Rose Math Hub planning where the focus is around number concepts and more time has been allocated to topics to allow learning to be longer but deeper, we aim for a depth of learning rather than rapid coverage.
  • Where possible we offer same day intervention to allow pupils to build on their learning so that children do not get left behind.
  • We do not label our children, we have high expectations of all children and strongly believe that all children are equally able in mathematics. Some may take longer to grasp concepts and may need careful scaffolding or extra time/support to fully understand certain areas.
  • The use of practical resources, pictorial representations and recording (the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach) represents their learning in a variety of structures, encouraging children to find the most efficient methods using contexts and mental arithmetic. 
  • We don't use textbooks and avoid using lots of worksheets. We believe that maths should be practical and engaging, where possible we try to take our learning outdoors and link our learning to topics we are studying. Maths activities also take place in other areas of the curriculum such as ICT, Topic work and History. 
  • We use a colour challenge system where children choose their starting point considering which task they feel confident to attempt, we use low threshold high ceiling tasks and challenges so that their is always a next step and children can always extend their learning.


Parents are encouraged to support their children at home through developing pupils fluency in different number areas. Developing mathematical fluency is as important as reading fluency and we expect our parents to spend time supporting their children in this area at home.  Please see the Parent's section of the website to access ways to help at home through our number and times tables challenges and key instant recall facts for children to learn at home. Please come and see your class teacher to talk about your child's learning and ways to help at home. 


Above all we want children to enjoy maths and build confidence in their mathematical ability- Everyone can do maths!  smiley


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