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At Home Farm Primary School from Years 1 to Year 6 our Maths curriculum is driven by sound pedagogy and research designed to support teachers in delivering a mastery curriculum. This provides a unique approach that develops true mathematical understanding right from the start.

Our pupils enjoy maths because it is practical, relevant and broadens their thinking. Our style of mathematical teaching, recognises the importance of Maths in our daily lives and helps our children to:

  • Learn the skills of numeracy, geometry and measure that they can be used in everyday life and developed later for the specific demands of a particular career
  • Develop problem-solving and reasoning skills that are vital in our day-to-day life
  • Develop thinking skills – an invaluable skill in every subject area

Our approach to Maths gives our school:

A consistent whole-school approach-  A structured and coherent mathematics curriculum for the whole school, helping us to deliver a high-quality mathematics education to every child which builds upon the skills taught in each year group

High expectations for all- Underpinned by the ambition for all children to excel and develop a sense of excitement about mathematics

Fluency with number- Strong emphasis is placed on developing quick and accurate number skills

Deep understanding- Using a powerful learning system of concrete objects, actions and vocabulary, a solid understanding, Maths is developed from the earliest stages, leading to strong reasoning and problem-solving skills


  • To offer a Maths curriculum that is based on the Primary Framework for mathematics which is appropriate and accessible to the needs and abilities of all our pupils
  • To enable every child to enjoy mathematics
  • We aim to nurture positive attitudes by matching the task to the child. We believe that successful learning enables the child to develop the confidence to meet the challenge of new work
  • To ensure account is taken of what the child already knows when planning Maths activities
  • To give children a firm basis of knowledge and skills so that they are numerate and able to work flexibly and think clearly
  • To enable children to work as partners to find appropriate strategies for problem solving
  • To lead children towards the idea that Maths is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and discovery


“Mathematics is not only taught because it is useful. It should also be a source of delight and wonder, offering pupils intellectual excitement and an appreciation of its essential creativity.”  (Non Statutory Guidance 1:25)

Progression of Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

Maths Guidance and Programme of Study

Maths Long Term Planning

Maths Expectations

Maths at Home

This page has been specifically created to help you to support your child with developing their maths skills through fun and enjoyable activities at home. This includes simple things like:

  • Listening to and singing maths songs
  • Playing games
  • Using familiar objects to count, calculate and play. This might include using coins, dice and cards and lots more too!

Whichever activities you choose, try to make them fun and encourage your children to do their best. To avoid making maths at home stressful or boring, remember that there is more to maths than finding the answers. Maths also involves thinking about things creatively, looking for patterns, and making connections. You don’t need lots of resources and equipment to have fun with maths at home. In fact, you may even have many of the suggested resources already.

Early Years Maths

In Reception and Nursery, children develop their understanding of numbers through counting and calculating simple addition and subtraction problems. They also use shapes and measurements to explore the world around them.

Counting games and activities

You can count just about anything, from toys and games to clothes and food. Counting objects and playing counting games can help your child to become familiar with numbers as quantities and words.

For online counting games and activities, have a look at the ‘Family Learning’ website: www.familylearning.org.uk/counting_games.html

Sorting and ordering activities

Research shows that sorting and ordering objects and shapes can help young children to develop their early mathematics skills.

Sorting objects and shapes could include:

  • making piles with clothes sorted by colour or size
  • sorting heavy or light objects onto lower or higher shelves
  • sorting and grouping toys by their shape, size or colour

Further activities for you to try at home

  • Counting steps or up and down the stairs, adding and subtracting one, two or ten every time
  • Build a tower with building blocks or construction toys
  1. Spot the difference game:
  2. Both players count out some counters, coins etc. to make a set.
  3. Player One covers their eyes, whilst Player Two takes away some of the objects.
  • Player One takes their hand away from their eyes and says how many objects have been taken away.
  • Singing songs and rhymes, reading story books, and playing games can be a great way to have fun with maths.

Key Stage 1 Maths

In Year 1 and Year 2 children develop their understanding of numbers so that they can confidently count and calculate with numbers up to 100, including comparing quantities of money, time and other measurements. Children also learn to describe, draw and compare different shapes.

Useful websites for fun maths please visit:

Jack Hartmann (search on YouTube) - videos and songs

Number blocks on CbeebiesHit the button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Purple mash- (free app) all pupils at Home Farm have been given log in details. If you cannot find these, please speak to your child’s class teacher.



Key Stage 2 Maths (Year 3 and 4)

In Year 3 and Year 4, children develop their understanding of numbers through solving a range of problems involving money, measurements and time. Children also learn more about fractions and make links to decimal numbers. By the end of Year 4 children are expected to know their times tables facts, up to and including 12 x 12.

Key Stage 2 Maths (Year 5 and 6)

In Year 5 and 6 children build on their understanding of numbers, shapes and measurements and learn about percentages, ratio and proportion, and algebra. By the end of Year 6 children are expected to know how to use the formal, standard methods of calculation including long division.

Please visit the websites below to help prepare your child practice these skills.https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom

Maths at Home

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