The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including 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 a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Teaching maths for mastery is a key part of the Government’s education reforms and is reflected in the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics. The NCETM, Department for Education and OFSTED have all endorsed this evidence-based approach which is a key part of the work within the Maths Hubs Programme.

At Colnbook C. of E. Primary School we have therefore adopted a ‘Maths for Mastery’ approach, using Maths No Problem to support this.

Maths Mastery ensures the following:

  • Evidence-based approach to teaching maths
  • Helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths
  • Inclusive approach where all children achieve
  • Slower pace which results in greater progress
  • Reflected in the 2014 English national curriculum for mathematics
  • Endorsed by the Department for Education, NCETM and OFSTED

A new way of thinking and teaching

  • Whole class moves through content at the same pace
  • Time to think deeply about the maths
  • Builds self-confidence in learners
  • Differentiates through depth rather than acceleration
  • Basis for the 2014 National Curriculum for Maths


Children are explicitly taught the mathematical vocabulary that they need to use in each unit of maths – this supports them in their reasoning and problem solving skills. A list of relevant vocabulary and our calculation policy will be available here shortly.

How can I support my child?

  • Regular counting and practicing of number bonds and times tables
  • Allowing them to handle money and pay for things in shops
  • Measuring ingredients and cooking together
  • Use your child’s Mathletics login:

For further information on the Primary Maths Curriculum please click here.