At Longshaw Primary School our aim is to deepen children's understanding of maths and not accelerate learning; as a result our children develop fluency before moving onto reasoning and problem solving. Our teaching is richly supported by the use of pictorial and concrete resources, before moving to the abstact. We follow the White Rose Hub curriculum.


Throughout each year, children will cover and build on their understanding in:

Knowing and using numbers

    Using fractions

     Using measures

Addition and subtraction

    Understanding the properties of shape

     Using statistics

Multiplication and division

    Describing position, direction and movement

     Using algebra


Once they have a firm grasp of each mathematical technique, we challenge our pupils to use what they have learnt and to make rich connections across the distinct areas in order to solve problems. We believe it is important for children to be able not only to find the answers to problems but also to be able to explain the reasoning behind their lines of enquiry using accurate mathematical vocabulary.

By celebrating learning and through engaging challenges, we inspire our pupils to increase their fluency in maths and to become increasingly sophisticated problem solvers, both in maths and across the curriculum.


Whilst at Longshaw our pupils learn the following essential characteristics of mathematics:

  • An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics;
  • A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics;
  • Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system;
  • The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual;
  • The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges;
  • To embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts;
  • The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions;
  • Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques;
  • A wide range of mathematical vocabulary;
  • A commitment to and enthusiasm in the subject.

Teachers plan according to the needs of each class. You can find out more about what maths your child is learning in the scheme of learning overview below.


Scheme of Learning Overview (Y1-6)


Our mathematics curriculum is based upon White Rose resources which are fully supported by the Department for Education as they meet the requirements of the new curriculum. It provides all the elements that teachers need to teach maths mastery with confidence and to encourage children to talk using maths language. We measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:  

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes  

  • Termly progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment (PUMA) which is a suite of termly standardised maths testswhich enable each school to track progress, predict future performance and benchmark against national averages.

  • Pupil discussions about their learning 


Useful Links

Here are some of the websites and resources which children use to develop their maths skills.

Hit the Button An interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers. The games are against the clock to challenge and develop a child’s mental maths skills.  

Times table Quizzes

Maths is Fun Interactive puzzles, quizzes and games 

Times Tables Rockstars Interactive games for practicing times tables 

Hegarty Maths Online maths work, for year 6 only


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