Northside Primary School

Northside Primary School - Achieving and celebrating success where every child matters



At Northside we aim to ensure that all children enjoy Mathematics, are successful and have a positive attitude to the subject. The children develop a sound understanding of basic mathematical skills through practical and investigational work. They acquire appropriate and necessary mathematical skills and apply them confidently and accurately. They are able to demonstrate skills and logically apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems and use mathematics as part of everyday life.


  • to follow a broad and balanced mathematics programme based on the requirements of the national curriculum
  • to provide interesting and challenging tasks that enable them to achieve standards commensurate with their abilities and potential
  • to work both independently and collaboratively when making decisions about their work

Mathematics teaching is based on the new national curriculum. The focus is on direct teaching that is oral and interactive with the whole class and groups. It will involve different elements: Demonstrating (showing how to), Explaining (giving examples of), Questioning (challenging and understanding), Discussions and Evaluation (talking about methods and errors) and Direction (taking care and setting out neatly).

Our pupils should:

  • have a sense of the size of number and where it fits into the number system
  • know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
  • calculate accurately & efficiently, both mentally and with pencil & paper, using a range of calculation strategies
  • recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator, and be able to do so effectively
  • make sense of number problems and recognise the operations needed to solve them
  • judge whether answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
  • explain methods and reasoning using correct mathematical vocabulary
  • explore features of shape and space
  • make sensible estimates and accurately measure using a range of equipment
  • interpret & explain graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.


Learning & Teaching

Lesson organisation and structure – Mathematics is taught in a Daily Mathematics Lesson in each class lasting 1 hour in KS2 and 50 minutes in KS1. Although, the revised framework allows for flexibility in lessons, generally, they follow the following structure: 10 minute mental/oral starter; approximately 10/20 minute whole class teaching; approximately 20 minutes independent, paired or grouped work; and a 10 minute plenary. Opportunities for mathematical learning in the Foundation Stage are derived from the ‘Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’, with an emphasis on learning through imaginative play; rhyme, song, ICT and a range of practical activities.

Mathematics is also taught through cross curricular topics as part of the creative curriculum.



Numeracy curriculum content overview for all year groups


For more information

Numeracy National Curriculum 2014