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At Darrington CE Primary School our maths curriculum focuses on developing secure knowledge of basic number facts and use of mathematical skills, through varied activities that promote understanding and application. Through talk partners and small-group focused tasks, we encourage children to discuss and reason about their mathematical ideas, supporting them to explain and justify their ideas with increasing confidence.

We aim to ensure that throughout the school, children are given opportunities for:

  • practical activities and mathematical games
  • problem solving
  • individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
  • open and closed tasks
  • a range of methods of calculating eg. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator
  • working with computers as a mathematical tool

We also seek to explore and utilise further opportunities to use and apply mathematics across all subject areas.


The purpose of mathematics in our school is to develop:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world
  • competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
  • an ability to communicate mathematics
  • an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
 Teaching and Learning

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in maths lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as a sense of enjoyment in maths. We do this through both whole-class and small group teaching.  Throughout school, maths lessons are planned from objectives taken from 'Big Maths' progress drives, which correspond with National Curriculum (2014) learning objectives for each year group. To learn more about Big Maths, click here.

From Year 1 to Year 6, each maths lesson begins with a 'CLIC' session where children learn and practise basic 'Number' skills through a range of quick-paced and interactive activities. 'CLIC' refers to 4 strands:

  • Counting (children learn to read and write numbers of increasing size, understand place value and practise counting, ordering and rounding numbers)
  • Learn Its (children learn key facts for number bonds and times tables)
  • It's Nothing New (children make links between different 'Number' concepts)
  • Calculations (children practise mental and written strategies for the 4 number operations: + - x ÷ )

During the remainder of each maths lesson, children practise 'Number' skills further to secure and consolidate learning, or they learn and apply skills in 'Measurement', 'Geometry', 'Statistics' ( Key Stage 2 only), 'Ratio and Proportion' (Year 6 only) and 'Algebra' (Year 6 only). Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in practical activities as these increase enthusiasm and motivation and provide first-hand experience to improve understanding. Children regularly engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities, making links between different areas of learning and applying skills to secure and consolidate learning. Children also have the opportunity to use ICT in maths lessons where it enhances their learning. 

We recognise that there are children of widely different mathematical abilities in all classes and we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:

  • setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty;
  • grouping children by ability in the room and setting differentiated tasks;
  • providing resources of different complexity, matched to the ability of the child.


 Maths Curriculum Planning

Big Maths 'I Can...' objective statements for Years 1-6 are set out in the 'Big Maths Curriculum Mapping' document below. For Reception, objective statements are set out in the 'Little Big Maths Curriculum Mapping' document below.