Maths Leader: Mrs E Wright

Maths Governor: Mr C Gratton-Rayson

It is our intent to deliver a Maths curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, gain an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We intend to deliver a curriculum which allows children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematical and to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.  

Teachers use the 2020 Ready to progress document and materials produced by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics to plan their lessons. These materials support teachers to plan coherent lessons, to think carefully about the representations and structures that will be used and to plan for mathematical thinking, fluency and variation.

Click the links to see when knowledge and skills are taught across year groups (please note that these plans are adapted for job shares):

In the Early Years we aim to develop a strong grounding in number, developing a deep conceptual understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationship between them and the patterns therein. Children are provided with frequent and varied opportunities to apply this knowledge and understanding through play and exploration and during taught sessions. The NCETM Mastering Number materials are used to map out the knowledge and skills that are taught in FS. The other areas of maths outside of number are also mapped out using materials from WhiteRoseMaths.

Click the below link to see how number is mapped out for our Early Years children.

What does Maths look like at Oxspring?

In Early Years teachers support children in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Teachers offer opportunities for these skills to be practised, in order to give children confidence and competence in their use.

Key Stage Two children will access an hour long maths lesson. In Key Stage 2, teachers start the lesson with ‘Do it now’. The ‘Do it now’ is a quick task that all pupils can access with minimal teacher input. Each week, the children should answer a series of progressive questions that ensure children have regular practise from previous taught lessons.

In Key Stage One, Year 1 children will build up to hour long sessions in the Spring Term. Year Two will access hour long maths lessons.

Key Stage One will also access an additional 10 – 15 minutes Mastering Number sessions 4  times a week.

Key Stage Two will access an additional 10 minute times table activity 3 times a week.

Mental Maths

Mental maths skills are developed through speedy and regular practice where pupils respond to questions by organising their mathematical working and calculating mentally. 

Year groups 3 – 6 have weekly mental maths lessons where strategies on the 4 calculation skills are taught and practised. Year 2 start mental maths lesson from the Summer Term.

Mastering Number Key Stage 1

The Mastering Number materials aim to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Teachers will deliver a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson.

We aim to ensure that children are able to subitise so that they can become more fluent and flexible with their number facts. The programme will support children to explain themselves and to reason mathematically.

Click the links to see the progression of core skills in the Mastering Number Programme:

Times tables

In Year 1, children are taught the sequences of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Children in Year 2 have 10 minutes a week looking at multiplications x0, x1,  x2, x 5 and x 10. This is incorporated into the weekly mental maths lesson from the Summer Term.

Each term, Years groups 3- 4 will focus on a new times table. The times table that is the focus will have 3 lessons across the term that are dedicated to the teaching of the facts. They will be at the beginning of the term, the middle and at the end of the half term. These lessons will support conceptual understanding, explore patterns and make connections and involve intelligent practice and mastery. Years 5 – 6 will focus on multiplications that may need consolidating and also will use opportunities to further support the mastery of the times tables facts such as big and mini facts (7 x 8 = 56 so 700 x 8 = 5600).

Year groups 3 – 4 will also incorporate 10 minute activities 3 days a week that support the recall of the facts but with built in conceptual understanding to support mastery.

At Oxspring, we use Times Tables Rockstars ( to support the recall of the facts at home and to support our Year 4 children in working towards the Multiplication Tables Check at the end of Year 4.

At the end of each half term, the focus times table and all previous taught times tables are assessed. This is used to inform target children or target induvial facts to consolidate.

Click below to see how our times tables are taught through each year group: