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Thurleigh Primary School

Thurleigh Primary School


We believe Maths is essential for everyday life, critical to Science, Technology and Engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  We aim to offer a high quality maths education with the primary purpose of providing children with the key skills to support their future success.

We strive for a high quality maths education that enables children to develop self-awareness, independence and resilience within their maths learning.  We want our children to be continually challenged and have the highest expectations of themselves.

We aim to ensure children see the real world application of maths, thus helping them find purpose in their maths learning.


Maths is a core subject that is taught discretely.  However, where relevant, it is linked to ongoing topic work.

It focuses on three main aims, so that children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and are able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Can reason mathematically so that they can follow a line of enquiry, seek patterns, and explain their thinking and findings using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their knowledge, breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

We are passionate that our teaching and learning of maths is based on sound mathematical understanding rather than simply taught as memorised methods that are carried our without such an understanding.  This is reflected in the calculation policy, which advocates the use of hands on and visual equipment across all year groups alongside the teaching of formal methods, building on prior learning.

Children will only make good progress in maths if they have regular opportunities to practice and consolidate, extend and apply skills a in a variety of contexts.  Maths teaching is taught within a spiral curriculum, revisiting topics on a regular basis to ensure children master key skills.  We are transitioning towards introducing mastery and a problem-solving approach across the federation.

Within upper key stage 2, children choose their written mathematical challenges independently.  This develops their self-awareness, involvement and confidence in their learning.  This also removes ceilings as children move through challenges under their own direction.   Lower key stage 2 are currently transitioning towards this.


Times Tables Rock Stars

We are currently subscribed to Times Tables Rock Stars. Learning the Times Tables need not be a tedious chore! Learning them can be fun if you build up your knowledge gradually through fun multiplication games. There are lots of games on Times Tables Rockstars.



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