Our approach to Mathematics at Trent Primary School aims to provide children with dynamic, relevant and enriching curriculum.  We strive to make our standards high by encouraging children to see Mathematics as an opportunity to explain the world.  Moreover, Mathematics makes a significant contribution to society, as Professor Adrian Smith, author of Making Mathematics Count (2004) summarises:

 ‘The acquisition of at least basic mathematical skill – commonly referred to as “numeracy” – is vital to the life opportunities and achievements of individual citizens.’ (Smith, 2004)

 Using and applying mathematics

We believe that for our pupils to be successful in Using and applying mathematics it has to be embedded in our teaching and learning across the curriculum.  Structures approaches are utilised to provide children with confidence to find solutions to problems.

 Counting and understanding number

We use numbers to count, label and measure and from the Early Years setting children are taught to say and use number names in context.  Children develop these skills so they can read, write, count and calculate numbers.  Daily arithmetic activities build children’s confidence and provide them with opportunities to manipulate numbers in real life contexts.  Practical equipment supports younger learners until they make links with abstract concepts.  Arithmetic is vital to children developing competence in Mathematics and robust record keeping and assessment enables the school to monitor progress in acquiring these skills. 

 Knowing and using number facts

At Trent our children observe number relationships and make patterns that help underpin mental and written calculations.  Knowledge of number bonds and times table facts enables children to become secure with numbers.  It is recognised that a multi-sensory approach to acquiring facts will deepen children’s understanding.


Mental strategies are developed throughout our Mathematics curriculum and lead to children becoming competent in all four operations.  Secure mental calculations prepare children to use formal methods of calculation, such as long multiplication and long division.  Our Calculations Policy ensures that children make age appropriate progression and challenges the more able to use written methods when they are ready.

 Understanding shape

Children develop their understanding of two and three-dimensional shapes at Trent.  Exploring and then visualising properties allow children to identify 2D and 3D shapes in context.  Practical tasks such as constructing nets allow children to develop a tactile approach to shape and space.


Measuring is crucial to children making sense of the world around them.  Beginning with using everyday vocabulary related to time, teaching at Trent enables children to read and interpret scales with increasing accuracy.  We promote practical activities such as using measuring cylinders, scales and measuring instruments to help children see the relevance to the real world.

Handling data

Children in the Early Years are encouraged to sort familiar objects to identify their similarities and differences.  Teaching uses tables, diagrams, tally charts, pictograms and bar charts to help children draw conclusions from data.

 Extra curricular Activities

Young Enterprise provides modules that take our children on an inspiring journey of exploration through the world of work, financial capability and enterprise. The Big Bang Fair is an opportunity for Gifted and Talented children to be inspired and enthused by mathematics and discover exciting and rewarding opportunities available in the workplace.

See our Calculation Policy (.110 MB)

Curriculum Map for Maths

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