Mathematics at Alphington

Download the National Curriculum Objectives for Key Stages 1&2:


In Alphington, all year groups follow the Mathematics Mastery progression of skills throughout the year.  Each year’s curriculum includes all of the National Curriculum objectives for that year, plus a small number from the year above – usually from number – where we feel these will help pupils make connections with their learning.  We follow the Mathematics Mastery planing from Reception to Year 3 and  include the core principles of Mathematics mastery within teaching and learning from Year 4-6.

Mathematics Mastery Programme of Study:

Year R Mastery PoS 2018-19 Year 1 Mastery PoS 2018-19
Year 2 Mastery PoS 2018-19 Year 3 Mastery PoS 2018-19
Year 4 Mastery PoS 2018-19 Year 5 Mastery PoS 2018-19
Year 6 Mastery PoS 2018-19

Alphington Progression of calculation for Parents:

Progression Calculation Policy leaflet

Alphington Maths Vocabulary for Parents: 

Maths vocabulary


We want to create a school where children are independent and articulate mathematicians.

  • Children are independent: They can independently select resources to support and enhance their learning. They can reflect on themselves as mathematical learners (identifying their current understanding of a concept, they are able to use classroom strategies to identify their next steps and are motivated to push themselves within their learning).
  • The school has an ethos which celebrates mathematical struggle and praises children who identify when they are ‘stuck’ and are able to recognise the tools that they have to get themselves ‘unstuck’ (peer support, teacher support, looking back through previous learning, resources).
  • Teachers recognise themselves as a resource to the class. Handing over the responsibility to the children as learners. The teacher should enable children to learn, equipping children with the skills to do this successfully.
  • Children take responsibility for selecting an appropriate level of challenge and are not afraid to take risks in their learning.
  • Children are articulate. They are able to reason mathematically; critiquing or building on the ideas of one another, as well as being able to organize their reasoning on paper.
  • Children are confident and fluent in manipulating number
  • Opportunities to practice and develop fluency with number are intentionally planned into every lesson. .e.g. whole class counting, timetables games, number bonds games, Maths songs.
  • A problem solving approach to learning should be taken to every lesson, requiring children to link mathematical concepts with real life situations. This will be supported by the whole school use of the connective model.
  • Children will be involved in all aspects of problem solving, including creating and critiquing problems. E.g. word problems, missing box problems. Logic puzzles, investigations.

KS1 Mathematics Mastery

We all know that secure learning comes from practice and engagement. One of the best ways to help your child become a confident mathematician is to play maths games with them. There are many games which will help children rehearse mathematical skills. Attached is a word document which suggests some ideas which your children may be familiar with from their learning in school, and also some other games which would benefit them if you played them at home.

Regular counting and looking for shapes in the environment is also helpful, as well as helping your child to be familiar with money. Telling the time on a regular basis is important. In Year 1 we tell the time to o’clock and half past, as well as solving problems with time, such as what time will it be in half an hour. In Year 2 we learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

In Year 2, children learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and practising these with your child would be useful. They need to be able to apply the number facts so that they can use them to solve problems. As always, please do come in and ask if you would like to know more about how to support your child.


Parent powerpoint for website (September 2017)

Key Stage Two 

To continue to build on Mathematics Mastery in KS1, pupils will need to continue to focus on fluency of number and the application of this across a range of contexts and problems.

By the end of Year 4, pupils should confidently recall multiplication and division facts to x12 and use these to quickly solve a range of reasoning and problem solving tasks.

Fluency refers to knowing key mathematical facts and methods and recalling these efficiently.  Fluency consists of three elements: Efficiency, Accuracy, Flexibility.

Fluency demands more of students than memorising a single procedure – they need to understand why they are doing what they are doing and know when it is appropriate to use different methods.

Key Stage Two Maths Meeting powerpoint: KS2 maths meeting (September 2017)

Alphington Primary School
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