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Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary and Nursery School

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Purpose of study

  • Maths is taught across Norton St Nicholas to ensure that children have a good understanding of number in their everyday lives and to prepare themselves for their future.
  • It supports children in developing their number knowledge and reasoning skills.
  • We teach a full curriculum that is essential to our pupils’ everyday life and critical to science, technology and engineering.
  • Our high-quality mathematics provides 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.



When children leave Norton St Nicholas they will:

  • Be successful and fluent mathematicians.
  • Have developed an interest in maths.
  • Be able to use their sound knowledge of maths to relate to everyday scenarios and experiences.
  • Have a deep understanding of number.
  • Be able to calculate efficiently and use a range of methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Be able to talk about their mathematical learning, using correct vocabulary and terminology.


The curriculum

  • At Norton St Nicholas School, we teach the statutory maths curriculum for key stage 1 and 2 using Herts For Learning Essential Maths
  • Essential Maths follows a clear path of progression with a great emphasis on having a deep understating of number and being able to reason mathematical pathways. 
  • The learning sequences ensure that there is a high expectation for learning and applying mathematical knowledge and skills.
  • Essential Maths reduces the number of concepts we teach at primary level, but teaches them in a much deeper way – we want children to know a lot about a little to give them a solid foundation – so we regularly revisit areas we have taught earlier in the year to ensure children are secure in their mathematical thinking. 
  • There is also a consistent use of the same representations across year groups help to connect prior learning to new learning such as use of tens frames, cherry method etc.
  • In short, our teaching is about ensuring children really understand the subject as a whole and can explain their reasons and justify their mathematical knowledge and choices.