At Highfield, we know how maths affects how we live our lives on a daily basis. It is for this reason that we aim to ensure that all pupils leave Highfield having acquired the necessary problem solving skills and the self- confidence to apply their knowledge to cope with maths in real life contexts.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim for pupils to build on their own experiences and to this end, pupils are encouraged to gain a conceptual understanding of maths through the use of practical, concrete equipment such as Numicon. The use of manipulatives is fundamental in supporting pupils to bridge their experiences from the abstract to the tangible. It is our belief that continuous exposure to meaningful experiences/ real life problem solving will benefit our children throughout their school journey.

Staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage, use Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals (ELG) to guide their planning. When children move into year 1 our teaching is underpinned by The National Curriculum alongside The White Rose Maths Scheme to achieve a maths mastery approach. The White Rose Maths Scheme has number at its heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency. Throughout the children’s primary school career, we believe that mathematics is learnt best when it is based within a rich variety of practical work that combines visual images, manipulatives (objects that can be handled) and mathematical talk. Talking about maths is not just about learning to use mathematical vocabulary appropriately, but about developing the ability to reason and explain thinking. As our pupils move through the school we continually review and build on their knowledge and understanding of topics which all begin with the laying of a strong foundation within our Early Years.

To support pupils’ learning process, pupils are taught a range of written methods to effectively use for all mathematical operations. Pupils are taught these methods once they have developed sound mental strategies which those methods can build upon. This is done as it is important that children as children need to develop both a conceptual understanding of maths as well as a procedural one.

The New Curriculum, implemented in 2014 covers the Key areas of Number, Geometry, Statistics and Measure, with using and applying mathematics running through all of these.  There is a greater focus on conceptual and procedural understanding, fluency and mastery (having a thorough understanding of a topic and to be able to apply it), and the use of manipulatives (apparatus such as Numicon and Cuisenaire to assist in children’s understanding of topics)


  • Understanding of number and place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions (there is an increased expectation of children’s ability to work with fractions and these are also introduced earlier than previously)
  • Decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion and algebra are introduced in Upper Key Stage 2

Geometry and Measures

  • Properties of Shape (2D, 3D, angles)
  • Position, Movement and motion (directions, co-ordinates, symmetry, reflections)
  • Measure (Standard units, time, money, area and perimeter)


  • Collecting and sorting information
  • Reading, creating and interpreting graphs


Life after levels expectations statements for each year group are available below

Maths Assessment Year 1 Maths Assessment Year 2
Maths Assessment Year 3 Maths Assessment Year 4
Maths Assessment Year 5 Maths Assessment Year 6


Maths Homework

Children are given one piece of maths homework per week, this may be in the form of written work, investigations or work set on mymaths.  Usually homework will consolidate what has been taught that week.  For your information the mymaths website details are included below.

Username:  Highfieldps

Password:  multiply

On the next screen your child will have a unique username and password to enter which they have received from their teacher.

If you are using certain tablets or ipads that do not have flash player, mymaths may not work efficiently, one way around this is to download an app called photon (free/29p) which enables this function.

There is also advice on how to help your children in Maths on this website, along with details of our calcualtion policies and links to some useful websites. Click here

Calculation Policies and Strategies to support your child

Mental Calculation