Mathematics Curriculum


(Please see our Parents & Children mathematics page for ideas to help your child)

At Denholme Primary School we believe, as it says in the National Curriculum, that maths is a 'creative and highly-interconnected discipline'. Therefore we teach mathematics concepts in units of work with 5-phases in school.

In phase one children learn the facts which they need for the unit. For example number bonds, times tables and division facts.

In phase two they learn calculation strategies. For example how to add decimals or how to use place value to multiply by 10 and 100.

In phase three children reason with what they have learned. This would be children completing investigatory activities, problems and puzzles.

In phase four children are taught to apply what they have learned to word problems. This might include using a Singapore Bar to understand a problem or writing problems to match calculations.

In phase five children apply what they have learned throughout the unit independently. 


Each unit of work gives the pupils a context for their maths. For example pupils might add decimals in the context of length or subtract using money. Geometry, fractions and statistics are also taught using this approach. 


Calculation Methods

We follow the calculation methods set out in the National Curriculum and aim for each child to have a written, efficient method for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by the end of Year 4.

Please take a look at our Calculation Policy by clicking here.


Mathematics Long Term Plan

Click here to view our Mathematics Long Term Plan. This sets out what will be taught in each year group. It combines National Curriculum objectives, school objectives and considers which objectives could be taught across the curriculum.