Pilsley Primary School

Pilsley Primary School

Inspire, Respect, Achieve

Station Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 8EU


01773 872378



Mathematics is essential for everyday life and understanding our world. It enables the development of pupils’ natural ability to think logically and solve puzzles and real life problems. In the teaching of Mathematics we aim to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment, which encourages every child to progress to the best of their ability and promotes a positive attitude towards mathematics in their everyday lives.


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • Reason mathematically in different mathematical contexts, looking for patterns and relationships and developing their own enquiries using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics by breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Units of work are based on the following strands:

  1. Number and Place Value
  2. Calculation
  3. Geometry
  4. Statistics
  5. Measures


In the teaching of Mathematics, we have a mastery approach to lessons where the majority of children will move through the units of work at roughly the same pace. Pupils who grasp concepts quickly will be challenged with increasingly complex problems.


Our daily Maths lessons, which will last between 45 and 60 minutes, will contain ‘5 Big Ideas’:

  • Fluency – quick and effective recall of facts and procedures
  • Variation – questions presented to the children in different forms which require thinking about the concepts in different ways
  • Representation and Structure – exploring the concepts through diagrams, charts and tables
  • Mathematical Thinking – through reasoning and discussion, alongside the use of specific vocabulary promoting a deepening understanding of mathematical ideas
  • Coherence – learning in each lesson will be introduced in small steps – ensuring children build on previous learning and can develop confidence when facing new ideas


Mathematics Calculation Progression for Year 1 through to Year 6

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Mathematical Vocabulary Development

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