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Welcome to our Maths Curriculum


Our approach to Maths 


At Fir Tree, we believe that mathematics is of vital importance. It provides learners with powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. We want all children to have the confidence to explore problems and then discover more efficient solutions that allow them to make links to different areas of mathematics.

We want our children to become functioning adults who can make a significant contribution to society using the highly valued skills that mathematics develops.

To achieve this, we draw upon a range of resources such as White Rose, Classroom Secrets and Nrich. Using these resources, we help children to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving across our mathematics curriculum.

At Fir Tree we focus on 3 main areas: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We work with a variety of representations of number, so that the children become confident, flexible and efficient when working with number. For reasoning, children are taught the language skills necessary to explain their mathematical understanding in all areas of the curriculum. Through these the children gain the skills to become efficient problem solvers - from tackling word problems to developing the characteristics to tackle challenging investigations and pursue their own lines of enquiry

Times Tables


The ability to fully understand multiplication and have fluency and instant recall will boost your child’s confidence in the subject

and enable them to solve more complex mathematical problems including fractions, division and ratio.

As a main tool for many forms of maths, the ability to rehearse and understand multiplications up to and including 12 by the final year of primary school will enable your child to confidently tackle the more complex mathematical subjects and teachings presented to them as they progress through education. 

It is therefore very important to practice daily through games, chanting or online activities so that children, if possible,  become fluent in their times tables up to 12 x12 by the end of year 4.

Mastery in Maths


The essential idea behind mastery in maths is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learningMastery of maths is not a fixed state but a continuum. At each stage of learning, pupils should acquire and demonstrate sufficient grasp of the mathematics relevant to their year group, so that their learning is sustainable over time and can be built upon in subsequent years. A mastery approach is a set of principles and beliefs that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time.  We believe that with good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a growth mindset which gives pupils a 'can do' attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.


At Fir Tree the class will be working together on the same area of maths, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content.  Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time.  Lessons are planned to provide a conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.


Mathematical terms and definitions


The link below takes you to an excellent mathematical glossary where children can look up different vocabulary, whilst having a go at activities to reinforce understanding:

Websites to help mental arithmetic


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Maths Mats - useful mathematical facts to learn

Maths Day - Tuesday 17th November 2020


Throughout the day each class planned several lessons which had a cross curricular link to maths. Children were able to enjoy a variety of subjects which demonstrated how maths is used throughout the curriculum:  for example co-ordinates work in Geography, rotational symmetry in art, measuring and presenting results in PE, keeping the beat and counting in music and weighing and measuring in cooking. 

These were just some of the ways in which children were encouraged to use their mathematical skills and to understand the importance of maths by demonstrating how it is used everyday in a variety of ways. 

We have a lovely report from Willow class explaining how they incorporated maths into their lessons.