Intent of the Maths curriculum at Lakeside

Mathematics is a key life skill. It is key to science, technology and engineering and is needed to be financially literate as well as being required for most forms of employment. A secure understanding of maths gives a foundation for an understanding of the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a curiosity to learn more about the subject.

Therefore our intent for our maths curriculum is to ensure children...

  • fluently solve calculations and problems, understanding how they got to the answer.
  • use reasoning to spot patterns and relationships, and be confident in using mathematical vocabulary to explain their thinking.
  • solve problems of increasing difficulty, finding different solutions where appropriate.
  • have a good understanding of mathematical concepts to enable them to successfully navigate everyday scenarios.
  • use mathematical talk to develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking.

Implementation of the maths curriculum at Lakeside 

We use Power Maths along side White Rose Maths to structure the long term and medium term overview of our mathematics teaching.  

Maths in the Early Years 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learning maths through a mixture of taught sessions and experiencing maths concepts as part of their continuous provision. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. To see how their knowledge progresses through the Early years please click here.

Maths in Years 1-6

Our curriculum meets the expectations set out in the The children are taught in their own year groups, in mixed abilities. In every year group, concepts are taught using concrete resources, moving on to pictorial methods before developing abstract working. This approach means that most children can access the same learning while building a solid understanding. We use a range of activities with different levels of challenge that children can progress through. All children are given an equal opportunity to achieve to their highest potential. You can find out how the taught maths knowledge build upon previous year groups using the progression map here

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Maths Meetings

As well as discrete maths lessons, children also consolidate their understanding during topic lessons and through regular Maths Meetings which include key mathematical facts. A copy of those can be found here. 

Cross Curricular Maths

To be a mathematician, you need to be able to see and make links with the world around us. We make sure that these links are explicit within other subjects. Children will collect and present data in science, work with measures like time in PE and look for patterns in art. Maths is everywhere!

Supporting maths learning at home

Learning with Parents

Parents are pivotal to their child's success in maths. We aim to work with our families and keep parents informed about what their child is learning in school, and how they are learning it. We use Learning with Parents which clearly shows how aspects of maths are taught as well as providing fun activities that the whole family can be involved in. You can find their website at Please see your child's teacher about gaining access.

Examples of progression through our maths curriculum 

In EYFS, the children learn about number through play. They are introduced to models and images like the part whole model and the tens frame.

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Year one continue to use the models and images that were introduced in Foundation. They are supported to develop a secure understanding of numbers by using the CPA approach.


Year 2 are introduced to formal methods of calculation, still using the CPA approach. They are encouraged to spot patterns and find more than one answer. The concrete apparatus supports children when they are asked to explain their working.


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Year 3 work with numbers to 1000, further developing addition and subtraction skills.


Year 4 work with numbers to 10,000. They are also introduced to the concept of negative numbers.


Year 5 work with numbers to 100,000, developing rounding skills that were introduced in Year 4.


Year 6 work with numbers to one million.  They secure their understanding of calculating with decimals.

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