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Maths intent


At Marsh Lane Primary School we all love learning new mathematical concepts and know that our mathematical knowledge helps us in everyday life.

As teachers we know that children need the mathematical building blocks as a foundation to their mathematical learning which they will build upon as they move through into secondary education and in their life long experience of mathematics.

Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

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 non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

During maths lessons at Marsh Lane Primary School children will have the opportunity to become fluent in a skill whilst being given the opportunity to problem solve, allowing them the chance to apply their maths knowledge in a variety of different contexts. Children are given tasks to explain their reasoning, develop an argument and line of enquiry then prove and justify findings using mathematical vocabulary.

At Marsh Lane Primary we believe that it is important that children are allowed to explore maths and present their findings not only in a written form but also visually. We follow the National Curriculum guidelines for this using the Concrete-pictoral-abstract model.

concrete representation:

Here the pupil is introduced to an idea or skill using real objects to develop the foundation for conceptual understanding.
This is a 'hands-on' experience.

Pictorial representation

Where the pupil has sufficiently understood the hands-on experiences and can now relate them to representations such as a diagram or picture of the problem.



Abstract representation:

Where the pupil can now represent problems using mathematical notation.


Each classroom is stocked with concrete resources to support the delivery of maths. Resources are used appropriately in lessons to support learning and pupils are encouraged to self-select whichever resources they feel would be beneficial to help them when completing maths work.

Each classroom has a display dedicated to Maths as a working wall.

Each classroom has a display dedicated to maths as a working wall, where the maths focus is displayed and where children’s work is celebrated.

Intervention groups take place both within the maths lesson, same day intervention and outside the classroom through additional support; these sessions are delivered by the teacher or teaching assistant and may involve individual or small group work.

We hold an annual Maths Morning Workshop for parents in school. The workshop covered the maths curriculum followed by visits to classes to watch maths classes being taught.

Please click here for the maths methods handbook we have published for parents, as a guide to helping support your child at home.

We have also produced some handy tips to help develop maths at home and in our everyday life! 

Please click on the link for each year group:

EYFS        Year 1      Year 2        Year 3        Year 4         Year 5           Year 6