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Maths at SMCPS





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. 


The three aims of the National Curriculum; fluency, reasoning and problem solving, form the basis for the teaching and learning of maths at SMCPS and this is seen in the children's everyday learning.


As a school we follow the maths mastery approach, we teach maths to whole, mixed attainment classes where the children learn at the same pace. Support and scaffolding is provided for children who need more time to grasp concepts and challenges are used to broaden and deepen the understanding of children working at greater depth.


We use the Power Maths scheme to plan from, which is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.


Where possible we offer same day intervention to allow pupils to build on their learning so that they do not get left behind.


We do not label our children, we have high expectations of all children and strongly believe that all children can achieve in mathematics. We acknowledge that some may take longer to grasp concepts and may need careful scaffolding or extra time/support to fully understand certain areas.


The use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract recording (the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach) represents their learning in a variety of structures, encouraging children to find the most efficient methods and develop a secure understanding of concepts. 


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, reduce mathematical anxiety and build confidence in everyone's mathematical knowledge and understanding.