Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Through our maths curriculum at Queen Edith, we provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

In line with the national curriculum for mathematics, by the time they leave us to move onto secondary school, we want all children to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, developing both conceptual understanding and the ability to recall knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • learn to reason and use mathematical language
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics, persevering in seeking solutions

Yearly Overview

Our mathematics teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2 is based upon the National Curriculum – Mathematics – Programmes of Study document. This covers the full range of mathematics taught at primary school: number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions (including decimals and percentages), ratio and proportion, algebra, measurement, geometry (shape, position and direction) and statistics (tables, charts and graphs). The termly progression within each year group at Queen Edith is set out in the following documents:

In Reception, mathematics is linked to the Early Learning Goals outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (link to doc), providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their mathematical skills. The prime areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and strengthened and applied in the specific area of mathematics. Children are supported to enable them to count reliably, place numbers in order and say which number is one more or less than a given number; children count on and back to add and subtract small numbers and solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. Children also talk about size, weight and other measures using everyday language; they recognise, create and describe patterns, and explore objects and shapes using mathematical language.


Mathematical Challenges

Children at Queen Edith have many opportunities to challenge themselves mathematically, whether working with a Stimulus student from Cambridge University, competing against children from other schools, or just trying to beat the high scores in maths games. Each year, many of the Later Years children sit the Mathematical Association Primary Maths Challenge Paper, with some progressing to the Bonus Round. Recently, a team of children won the regional heat of the Cambridgeshire Year 5 Mathematics Challenge and went on to compete in the final held at the Duxford Imperial War Museum. Queen Edith also hosts one of the Maths Net masterclasses for children from schools around Cambridge.

Information and Resources for Parents

The Queens’ Federation Maths Calculation Policy describes the progression in the methods of calculation taught within the Federation, particularly relating to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages.

On the National Numeracy website you can find a wealth of ideas for ways in which you can support your child’s maths at home.

There are many excellent websites offering activities and games that support mathematical learning. We have a subscription to Numeracy Warmup and Numeracy Workout which are aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2 respectively. The username and password cannot be published on our website, but the children either know these already or can ask their teacher for a reminder.

All the children also have a login to Purple Mash ( As well as a range of other activities, there are several games which are great for practising maths skills. Bond Bubbles can help you learn your number bonds, and Table Toons are great for times tables. Other games need you to find factors, create fraction pizzas or build sequences.

Examples of Written and Practical Work in Maths

Early Years and Foundation Stage

Counting forwards and backwards on a number track in Reception
Using 3D shapes in Reception to match a picture

Key Stage 1

After learning about graphs, Year 1 made a graph using people!

Max has turned some addition and subtraction word problems  
into number sentences

Natalia found lots of different ways to make 10p with coins,
then went on to investigate 20p and 50p totals.

Middle Years

Year 3 had to measure carefully to create magical potions
Grouping leaves to represent times tables in Year 3

Aasiya used a bar chart to show the a survey
of favourites colours, and to answer questions about the results

Year 4 went to the school courtyard to measure the
perimeter of different shapes

Using a pictogram to record how children in Year 4 came to school

Year 4 used a bar model to help understand
what calculations were necessary to solve
multi-step problems

Later Years

Year 5 gathered data on the most common 
birthday month and produced a bar chart                                

Using a Venn diagram to sort 3D shapes in Year 5
Year 5 plotted the way that the time of sunset varies over the year
Year 6 decorated biscuits to represent times table patterns
Year 6 translated shapes on a coordinate grid

Maths Day

In June the whole school celebrated an amazing Maths Day together.  We dressed up in mathematical costumes ranging from calculators to Rubik’s Cubes to times table t-shirts. During the day, different teachers taught us maths on all sorts of different topics. Some of us made symmetrical designs or created perimeter monsters; some counted different ways to make 10p or £10 with coins; we made repeating patterns and designed t-shirts for Hilary Bear; we learned about proportions of wealth across the world and how to make tessellating patterns; we even wrote mathematical stories, performed maths magic tricks and made a human counting machine! 

Active Maths

Since our last update, Year 3’s active maths sessions have also included telling the time with a human clock and working out how many slices of pizza we could get by using our knowledge of fractions.  We enjoyed playing with water in lessons on capacity and measurement when it has been so hot.  This week we used straws, blutack and masking tape to make our own 3D shapes!  We fashioned any of the shapes we have learned about and there were various prisms, cubes, square based pyramids and cuboids made!

Napiers Bones

Year 4 created a set of Napier’s Bones which were invented 400 years ago to help with multiplication and division. Of course, there were no calculators back then, and as you can see, they make it much easier to calculate with very large numbers. Using the bones also helped the children to understand the column multiplication method they had learned recently.

Year 3 have been using leaves to help with our multiplication.



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