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Our Maths Subject Page

Here is an overview of the topics we cover in each year group. During each year, children recap and consolidate previous learning whilst moving through a sequence of steps and units to develop their understanding further.

At Bedgrove we offer an inspiring Maths curriculum that goes beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum. We offer a range of additional activities and POW days to help cement children’s understanding as well as supporting them to develop a passion for Maths.

We ensure our Maths curriculum follows a clear set of progressive steps that build on prior learning, both within a year group and across the school. Below is an outline of the skills, concepts and vocabulary pupils will be learning in each year.

Our Maths Curriculum

Our curriculum has been designed to inspire our pupils to develop a love and passion for Maths. At Bedgrove we aim for every child to believe they are a mathematician through developing their fluency of number as well as providing them with opportunities to problem solve, reason and make connections across different mathematical concepts.

We follow a teaching for mastery approach, to instill deep long learning and a secure understanding of mathematical procedures. We use White Rose Maths to enhance our planning and we follow a concrete, pictorial and abstract method to support children in cementing connections. Our curriculum is flexible and responsive to our pupil’s needs, ensuring that every child is provided with opportunities to challenge and extend their learning.

Foundation 1

Developing a strong grounding in number is essential for our pupils so that they develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children in F1 are exposed to a range of mathematical concepts through their provision, water and sand play, key worker group lessons and through solving real life problems. During their time in F1 pupils are taught how to count to 5 as well as understanding what each number means and how to represent numbers in different ways. They use a range of tools including: everyday real life objects, fingers, cubes and 5 frames to represent different amounts. Fortnightly lessons are taught in small key worker groups and children develop their understanding through games and group activities. They learn to name 2D and 3D shapes and they begin to make comparisons between size, length, capacity and the weight of objects. Throughout their time in F1 children develop a love for Mathematics and use mathematical rhymes and stories to support their learning.

Foundation 2

Maths teaching in the foundation stage is crucial in supporting children at the beginning of their mathematical journey to develop deep, lasting understanding. In F2 children continue to develop the foundations of mathematics through daily whole class teaching and Maths provision. Within their exploring adults help to cement understanding of real life Maths through reiterating mathematical vocabulary through comparing, sorting and counting. Within the EYFS and White Rose Maths curriculum children explore the composition of amounts within 10 using an increasing number of strategies including: part-whole models, tens frames, bead strings and cubes. They learn to subitise amounts within 5 and develop their quick recall of number bonds to 10. They begin to move through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to write simple number sentences involving the addition, subtraction and equals sign. There is a strong emphasis on Maths oracy in the EYFS which provides children with the necessary skills to reason and justify in KS1. They learn new terminology including more/greater/bigger/less/fewer/smaller and they use this language within their continuous provision to make comparisons between different quantities.

For more details on the EYFS Maths curriculum please see page 14-15 on the link below.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage for group and school providers (

Year 1

In KS1 children continue to develop their deepening understanding of number and they make further connections. There is a strong emphasis on reasoning and problem solving with daily opportunities to justify and prove their learning through using mathematical language. In Year 1 children extend their knowledge of number to 100 and they learn how to partition amounts using concrete materials and they make comparisons between different amounts. Children have access to concrete objects in every lesson to cement their understanding and they begin to move through the pictorial approach through using number lines, hundred squares and part-whole models. They develop their knowledge of calculations and they solve calculations involving the addition, subtraction, equals, greater than, less than, multiplication and division symbols. Children are exposed to weekly fluency bee lessons which build upon their quick recall of number facts and they take part in weekly flashback 4 lessons which reviews previous learning and supports lasting understanding. Children are exposed to a range of cross-curricular Maths opportunities including Maths stories, weighing ingredients in DT, comparing dinosaur heights in Science and finance POW days.

Year 2

By Year 2 children have developed the foundations of Maths and they use these building blocks to move on to further challenging abstract concepts. The importance of using concrete objects stands all the way through their mathematical journey and children are encouraged to use base ten, tens frames, rekenrek, hundred squares, 100 number lines and place value cards to support their understanding. Within lessons children are provided with hands on opportunities as well as challenging pupils to reason and justify their understanding through true or false or prove it questions. Children continue to develop their oracy within Maths to use increasing Mathematical vocabulary to support them with their reasoning. Children learn to add and subtract two digits numbers and they begin to develop mental strategies based on their previous learning. Children learn the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction to solve missing number problems and they use arrays as well as repeated addition/subtraction to solve multiplication and division calculations. Children participate in Active Maths, fluency bee and flashback 4 activities weekly to consolidate and build upon their knowledge. They are exposed to Maths during cross curricular activities including Maths POW days, Maths stories and financial education.

For more details on the Maths curriculum please see the link below.

National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study – GOV.UK (