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The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of maths- through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions




 At Shakespeare Infant School we use a mastery approach to teaching mathematics so that all children develop a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning.

We believe;

  • All pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time and care. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude, all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.

  • All children need and deserve access to the key ideas and building blocks in mathematics

  • Our children’s mathematical learning should be built on solid foundations which should not need to be re-taught.

  • It is important to keep each year group working together on the same topic, providing time for children to master the curriculum and offering opportunities for pupils to develop deeper understanding rather than moving onto different content.

  • Mastery is not just being able to memorise facts, it also involves knowing ‘why’,’ how’ and ‘that’.

What does Mastery mean?

We believe when a child has mastered a mathematical idea then they will be able to;

  • Describe in their own words

  • Represent it in different ways

  • Explain it to someone else

  • Make up some of their own examples

  • See connections with other facts and ideas

  • Recognise it in new situations

  • Make use of it in different ways


In year 1 and 2 the children follow the 2014 National Curriculum and by the end of each year they will cover the following objectives;


 Year 1 Objectives


Year 2 Objectives