Our mathematics curriculum at Woodlands Primary School follows the guidance provided in the National Curriculum and enables each pupil to develop within and beyond their capabilities, developing not only the mathematics skills, knowledge and understanding required for their lifelong learning journey, but also an enthusiasm and fascination about mathematics itself.

National Curriculum: Purpose of study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, 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 have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • 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.
  • These aims are at the heart of our mathematics curriculum at Woodlands Primary School, whereby connections in mathematics are explored in depth, enabling our children to develop mathematical fluency, reasoning and competence in their ability to solve problems.

We believe our pupils should have:

  • Confidence in mathematics so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of mathematics;
  • An understanding of how mathematics is used beyond the classroom in everyday life and the world of work;
  • A passion for mathematical learning;
  • An awareness and understanding of relationships within mathematics and the ability to generalise;
  • An awareness of the range of strategies that they can use as they apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to solve complex problems in a range of different contexts;
  • The ability to persevere and be resilient in their everyday learning.


Click on the links below to find out more how mathematics is taught at Woodlands:

Division policy

Multiplication policy

Subtraction policy

Number Sense

Progression in measures

Progression in geometry doc

Woodlands Bar model appendix

Mathematics Progression in the Core Aims fluency problem solving and reasoning

Please click the links below to see how we assess children’s Mathematics progress at Woodlands:

Mathematics assessment of Key Skills Y1 – Y6

Please see the website links below to support remote learning:

Website support links for remote learning