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"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics."
Paul Halmos

The intent of our Maths curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible and engaging to all. At West Kirby Primary School we want all pupils to develop a sense of curiosity about Maths and a sense of enjoyment, understanding the power, purpose and relevance of Maths in everyday life.

We foster a positive can do attitude and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do Maths!’ using any mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning.

The majority of our children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.

We aim for all pupils to…

  • Build their confidence and resilience to ensure that they are fluent in the fundamentals of Maths so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Be able to solve problems by applying their Maths to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contest and to model real life scenarios.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language 
  • Have opportunities to use and apply their Maths across the curriculum.

At West Kirby Primary School we teach the Maths National Curriculum, supported by a clear knowledge and skills progression, which we build on as the pupils move through the school. We always aim for lessons that are creative and engaging. Our teachers use a range of active teaching and learning styles according to the subject matter and the pupils being taught, which through positive contributions aim to involve all. Pupils will work with concrete, pictorial and abstract representations at all levels in school to support a deeper understanding, following our Calculation Policy. Prior knowledge is used as a starting point to ensure all pupils make good or better progress at all times. Challenge will be visible throughout the whole maths lesson, where children are asked to reason and prove their understanding – written and verbally.

Summative and formative assessments drive short term planning and next steps. Teachers use a range of resources and materials to deliver the National Curriculum e.g WhiteRose, Ready To progress Criteria, NCTEM and Classroom Secrets.

Three weekly fluency sessions are used to reinforce and further develop key skills.

Weekly Home Learning for Maths is set to develop, review, support the consolidate learning.



The pupils are West Kirby Primary School will be engaged as a result of our curriculum and our teaching. Pupils will understand the purpose of Maths and will use their skills confidently in other subjects. Pupils will know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for most forms of employment. 

Learning will be tracked and monitored to ensure all pupils make good or better progress in Maths.

A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a pupil can show it in multiple ways, using mathematical language to explain their ideas and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.

  • Pupils demonstrate quick recall of facts and procedures – including times tables.
  • The ability to recognise relationships and make connections in Maths
  • Pupils show confidence in believing that they will achieve and can do it.
  • Pupils show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of their Maths work.

Pupils can confidently talk about their work and what they have achieved.


Maths Subject Leader: Miss Bird