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Pupils use the number system with increasing confidence as they progress through the school. They learn to count and calculate fluently with all four number operations and how to apply these skills to more complex problems.

When tackling word problems pupils are encouraged to consider the most suitable method for reaching a solution. Mental methods are always promoted as an initial strategy before using written methods. In other areas of mathematics, pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills. They use a wide range of mathematical language to discuss and present their methods.

Numeracy lessons consist of three parts:

  • an oral and mental calculation starter
  • a main activity where pupils extend their learning through independent or group work
  • a plenary where key points from the lesson are revised.