Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


At Hayesdown First School we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics. Maths is a journey and a long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.  Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking.  By delivering a mastery curriculum, we aim to teach all children how to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. We aim to support children in achieving economic well-being by equipping them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.

Our aims in the teaching of mathematics are:

  • to help children understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life
  • to promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • to develop confidence and competence with numbers and the number system
  • to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing the ability to recognise relationships and make connections
  • to develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts
  • to develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented
  • to explore features of shape and space, and developing measuring skills in a range of contexts


Our mathematics curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children are able to choose and access the resources they need for their learning and support each other to master new concepts
ENTHUSIASTIC: Through mastery practice, all children participate fully in each lesson through practical activities and mathematical discussion
AMBITIOUS: The mastery curriculum provides all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence
CONFIDENT Children are confident to share their mathematical thinking using concrete apparatus, pictures and mathematical symbols
HAPPY & HEALTHY: Children have the skills and mathematical knowledge to be successful in everyday life, now and into the future