Wakefield Snapethorpe Primary School

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Maths Curriculum



Snapethorpe Primary School is committed to the engaging delivery of Mathematics across the age ranges.  We aim to show the children the enjoyment in Mathematics and to foster a curiosity for the subject. 

The aim of our Maths curriculum at Snapethorpe Primary is to develop deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths. We want to ensure that our pupils are resilient mathematicians who become independent, reflective thinkers whose skills support them across the curriculum. We aim to help all children to become fluent in Mathematics, developing a conceptual understanding of different aspects of Mathematics as well as the ability to recall and apply knowledge quickly and accurately. Pupils should reason mathematically using mathematical vocabulary and be able to solve a range of problems.

In doing all of these things, we want to improve outcomes for all pupils across school in Maths. By the end of the academic year, we want to increase the percentage of pupils who reach age related expectations in Maths in each year group compared to the end of the previous academic year.



Our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Year 6.

We teach Maths using guidance from the White Rose Maths documents throughout school (Reception to Year 6) as well as the National Curriculum. Our Long Term Plans are created using support from the yearly overview mapped out by White Rose Maths but are personalised to meet the needs of our pupils.

Maths lessons start with a teaching input before pupils progress to completing solo, paired or group activities relating to the objective. During the whole class teaching session, pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts.

Lessons from Year 1 – Year 6 will include examples of varied fluency before progressing to reasoning and problem solving opportunities to support conceptual understanding for mastery of objectives. Pupils complete “Fluency 5” questions which supports them to be secure in different concepts. Once secure they are taught and encouraged to practice their problem solving and reasoning skills within each lesson as appropriate. Children are encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking and opportunities to use the correct language are used at every opportunity.

In Reception following teacher input the children will then access enhanced provision within the areas linked to the current learning in Maths.

 Where appropriate objectives would be covered using the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach as this allows pupils to spend enough time to explore a topic through units divided into small steps.

 Our Calculation Policy is used across school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time.

We teach arithmetic skills from Year 2 to Year 6 (Year 1 from Spring) using Early Bird Maths every morning. Early Bird Maths is a series of 21 questions relating to Maths arithmetic objectives that children complete independently for 15 minutes at the start of the day before discussing and marking the responses as a class. Early Bird Maths teaches children to revisit and apply new arithmetic skills every day and their skills develop as they progress through each year in school. The aim of Early Bird Maths is to consolidate learning and provide pupils with opportunities to develop strong arithmetic skills to support learning in all areas of Maths. Multiplication tables are developed at the beginning of some Maths lessons, we use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency. Pupils in Year 3 – Year 6 complete TTRS three times per week.

In addition to Early Bird, Year 5 and 6 have an additional short arithmetic session on a weekly basis. Year 6 use this time for pupils to have a go at a SATs style arithmetic test, they then mark this together so pupils can make improvements. Year 4 have an additional times table session on a weekly basis in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check.

Appropriate interventions are put in place for those children struggling to achieve at their year group expected level and there are range of materials for use throughout the school such as Numicon and IDL Maths.


Assessment informs the teaching and learning sequence in each class. Feedback is given on children’s learning in line with our Marking and Feedback Policy.

In order to support teacher judgments, pupils are occasional assessed using current and reliable tests in line with the National Curriculum for Maths.

At the start and end of the academic year, pupils in Year 3 – Year 5 complete an NFER test for Maths, pupils also complete an end of year assessment in the same format. The data for these tests is analysed by the Maths Subject Leader.

At the end of each term, where appropriate gap analysis of any tests that the children complete is undertaken and the information then feeds into future planning.

Year 2 and Year 6 pupils complete SATs style papers on occasions throughout the year.



As a result of Maths teaching at Snapethorpe Primary we hope to raise the percentage of pupils attaining at or above expected standard in each year group (Y1-Y6) in Maths compared to the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Thorough data analysis throughout the academic year should show that pupils are making progress within the Maths curriculum across each year group. A greater number of pupils should therefore be assessed as working at or above the expected standard in Maths at the end of each term throughout the academic year.


Covid-19 had a large impact on the teaching of Maths during the 2020-2021 academic year. During the school closures, many Maths lessons were taught remotely for pupils who were not key workers. Although in most cases there was a live teaching input, the structure of this was not as interactive as it would have been within the classroom environment. Pupils were accessing, completing and submitting work online but not benefitting from teacher support or physical resources to develop and deepen their understanding as they usually would. In the majority of year groups, the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard was less that it was at the end of the previous academic tear.

As a result of missed learning we reflected on our long term planning and focussed on the Ready to Progress criteria meaning that there would be some objectives not covered within the academic year. This information has been used to support Maths knowledge during the 2021-2022 academic year to ensure full coverage of the Maths curriculum across school.

Link to White Rose Maths Website  

We teach arithmetic skills from Year 2 to Year 6 using Early Bird Maths every morning. This teaches children to revisit and apply new arithmetic skills everyday and their skills develop as they progress through each year in school. The aim of this is too consolidate learning and provide pupils with opportunities to develop strong arithmetic skills to support learning in all areas of maths. Multiplication tables are taught at the beginning of each maths lesson and we use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help develop fluency. 


Link to Times Table Rock Stars Website 


All children from Year 1 – Year 6 will have a weekly lesson focusing on teaching arithmetic objectives. These arithmetic lessons will focus on fluency and not varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning. After a teaching input children would do an activity / activities allowing them opportunity to apply the learning. 

National Curriculum Objective Progression Year 1 - Year 6

This document shows the objectives for the different areas of Mathematics and how they progress in each year group.