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Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”  

National Curriculum 2014 

Aim and intent of the Mathematics Curriculum at Countess Gytha Primary School

At Countess Gytha, Mathematics sits at the heart of the curriculum. We aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, capable and self-motivated learners who have a passion for mathematics.  We strive to develop lively, enquiring minds equipping them with an essential set of skills to reason and solve problems that all pupils need to be successful. Through their primary maths education, we aspire to aid children to make sense of the world around them, whether it be: calculating the total amount of money needed to purchase items, knowing what time to meet a connecting train or weighing precise amounts of ingredients when following a recipe.

What does maths look like in our classrooms? (Implementation)


In Foundation, children are taught to further develop their understanding of number and the key concepts of maths. Number recognition, composition of number, formation of number and subitising form the main focus for maths in EYFS. Children are given a whole class input and then work within smaller groups with an adult to complete activities based on the lesson input, alongside the numerous opportunities to explore concepts of maths in the continuous provision activities. 


From KS1 upwards, daily maths lessons consist of teaching sequences based on small steps to ensure a good level of coherence, understanding, application of understanding and transference of skills to a range of mathematical problems and contexts. Where required, we give the children time to build their conceptual understanding through the use and exploration of maths manipulatives (including Numicon, shapes, bead strings, number lines, counting frames such as a rekenrek and place value apparatus such as base 10).

What is Early Bird?

To ensure skills and key mathematical facts are retained, Early Bird maths is taught each morning in KS2 so that children have the opportunity to revisit and consolidate fundamental maths skills.  In KS1, an Early Bird session is incorporated into the day, to develop number formation, subitising, fluency in counting as well as written procedures which reinforce calculations taught in lessons. 

Learning key facts and developing rapid recall

We recognise and place great importance on developing children’s knowledge of number bonds and times tables.  With this in mind, we practise Times tables and/or number bonds weekly and these are assessed with our comprehensive Mental Maths Olympics sheets. To see the progression journey through these skills, see the links below.

Progression of skills

Our progression of Skills documents below, detail the progression in children's mathematical knowledge and skills across the school in the subject areas covered in the Mathematical curriculum.

Maths Curriculum Evening

We like to hold a maths curriculum evening for parents, to impart greater insight into the maths curriculum we provide for our children at Countess Gytha Primary school.  If you were unable to attend, the handouts which were shared at the event are available electronically below...

Excalibur Class

King Arthur Class

Pendragon Class

Merlin Class