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At The Russell School, we strive to teach a full and detailed mathematics curriculum. The children have a mathematics lesson most days. During these lessons they learn and consolidate skills and knowledge.

Teachers look to find opportunities, both within these lessons and in other areas of learning, to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt to ‘real life’ contexts. For example, the children will learn how to record information in charts and graphs during their scientific enquiry work. We believe that it is crucially important for children to understanding the relevance of mathematics in their every-day lives.

Mathematics lessons begin with exercises in mental mathematics. This helps our children learn to calculate in their heads. The mathematics curriculum is divided into nine key areas:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Muliplication and Division
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

In the Early Years we follow the EYFS curriculum and challenge the children, from a young age, in the key areas of mathematics: number, shape, space, measuring and calculating. The majority of children’s learning in the Early Years is through play.

Throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two we use National Curriculum, NCETM, Little Big Maths and Collins Busy Ants documents to cover all areas of mathematics. We ensure that children are fully secure in their skills by covering all areas in depth. We aim to identify areas that individual children find difficult and target them so that the gaps in their knowledge do not increase.

Guidance for parents to support mathematical learning at home can be found in the For Parents section.