Subject Leader: Mrs Rebecca Challinor

Link Governor: Mrs Carol Jones

As a Maths Specialist Teacher I am passionate about primary mathematics and ensuring each and every child fulfills their potential! At The Arches developing and increasing pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of Mathematics is core to our curriculum. Through our teaching, we aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics to solve problems, calculate and reason. It is our aim that all pupils become confident in each of the areas of mathematics including Number and Place Value; Addition and Subtraction; Multiplication and Division; Fractions; Measurement; Geometry and Statistics. 


Through our carefully planned curriculum it is our aim to promote and develop children’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for maths through exciting, practical, first-hand learning and opportunities to explore and investigate. We ensure that the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for mathematics and numeracy are taught well and applied across all subjects of the curriculum. The school’s schemes of work and guidelines for mathematics are taught, thoroughly, systematically and progressively to all pupils by all staff. It is our intention to help pupils become mathematicians by developing their problem solving and reasoning skills so that they can apply their independent thinking and questioning across and beyond the curriculum. From EYFS onwards, pupils are confident in their understanding and application of their basic skills in number and the number system and that they build upon their prior learning at every stage. We encourage children to use their increasing knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics to investigate, ask questions and solve challenging problems. We aim to develop pupils’ confidence and skill in mental calculation methods to underpin their written methods as they explore the areas of mathematics and address increasingly complex problems. It is our intention to bring mathematics to life and make it real, to ensure that children understand the importance of maths in their everyday day lives and make certain that all children particularly those with special needs or disability and those finding it hard are well supported.


An appropriate range of teaching and learning strategies are used in all mathematics lessons to capture pupils’ interest and to promote effective learning and progress. Teachers use the guidelines, supported by an appropriate range of teaching and learning resources, to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of every child, ensuring that all pupils, including those with SEND, achieve high standards for their ability and make appropriate progress. Children are encouraged to; ask questions, solve problems, discover new information, apply and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding through first-hand experience, investigations and practical work. Teachers make use of the immediate and wider environment to help pupils apply mathematics and see the relevance of mathematics to their own lives. We set challenging work, tasks and problems to increase children’s’ knowledge, skills and understanding and to extend their thinking. Teachers assess children’s work in mathematics through formative and summative judgements by; asking questions, observing learners during lessons, observing pupils solving practical problems and listening to pupils’ discussions. Work is marked regularly and frequently and pupils are given appropriate, clear feedback which tells them how well they have done and what they need to do next to improve. The mathematics subject leader supports the teaching and learning of mathematics by; providing strategic leadership and direction for mathematics, monitoring progress and standards across the school, reviewing and revising the mathematics policy, monitoring and supporting teachers in the teaching of mathematics, keeping staff up to date on new developments in mathematics, monitoring the effectiveness of the planning and development of mathematics, auditing, monitoring the effective and appropriate use of resources and obtaining new resources.  


The above measures and strategies ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time. Learners develop the skills to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Effective teaching ensures that learners can solve problems by applying their mathematics with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. As pupils progress through the school they become increasingly confident mathematicians. 

Further information can be found in our Maths policy below. Our personalised school calculation policy can also be found below alongside our school's schemes of work for every year group. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like Maths?

7 out of 11 pupils gave a score of ten out of ten, while 3 pupils gave a score of 8 and one pupil gave a score of 7. Reasons for the lower scores were given as ‘sometimes things can be tricky at first’, ‘we have been doing really big numbers’ and ‘I sometimes find new things hard’.

What do you enjoy doing most in Maths?

Answers given included ‘adding fractions’, ‘subtractions’, ‘perimeter’ and ‘rounding’, ‘shape – diameter and radius and circumference’, ‘numbers’, ‘counting through zero’, ‘algebra, ‘counting past 100’, ‘multiplying with 2 and 3 digit numbers’, ‘long multiplication’, ‘using the column method’ and ‘counting past 1000’.

What do you find easy about Maths?

Answers included ‘column method’, ‘addition’, ‘the grid method’, ‘adding’, ‘subtraction and addition’, ‘multiplying fractions’, ‘simplifying fractions’ and ‘ratio and proprtion’.

What is hard about Maths?

Answers included Fractions – multiply fractions – converting fractions, fractions, 2 digit numbers, division – long disvision, 2 didgit numbers, times tables, square numbers,

How do you know what you need to do in order to improve?

Answers made reference to 'Next steps', objectives and WALTs, traffic lights and marking and included the following comments: Teachers give us next steps to help us. We get challenges or they might tell us what to do to help us do our corrections. We have an objective at the start of the lesson and we have to do a traffic light to show how we felt. The teacher does a smiley face if we meet the objective too.

We do BLP too. We talk about our learning powers and we choose 2 each week to work on.

We do effort grades too. If we are being an active learner we can get a 2. If you are working really hard you get a 1 but if you aren’t really trying you might get a 3. If someone is disruptive they might get a 4 or even a 5.

Tell me about something you did that you are really proud of in Maths?

Answers made reference to a variety of topics including: Adding fractions – I’m really good at that now! I can do shape names now. I’m an engaged learner in Maths and the other day I got a 1. I’m good at ratio and proportion now – it was really hard at first. I’m really good at short and long and putting thins in order (of size). I know my 7 times tables off by heart. I can do my sixes.

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The Arches Community Primary School

Saughall Road, Blacon, Chester CH1 5EZ

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Michelle Ashfield: Headteacher

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