It is our intent that Maths inspires, engages and challenges pupils. We want learners to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems with resourcefulness. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills across the wider curriculum and to understand that Maths is essential to everyday life. We intend for our pupils to become resilient and competent mathematicians, foster a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject and to develop a lifelong love of learning.


At St Uny CE Academy, we recognise that children need to be confident and fluent across all aspects of the Maths curriculum. To ensure consistent coverage, Teachers follow the 'Rising Stars' progression outline to ensure maxium coverage across the school year but also ensure misconceptions are addressed and planning meets the needs of all learners. Teachers are also developing their understanding of mastery through working within the Maths Hub.

High quality resources are used in conjunction with Rising Stars, such as NRich, White Rose and NCETM to support, stretch and challenge all children within the classroom.  In addition, the school’s calculation policy is used to ensure a coherent approach to teaching the operations across our school.  This planning follows the National Curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

Our curriculum builds on the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. By using all three, the children can explore and demonstrate their mathematical learning. Together, these elements help to cement knowledge so children truly understand what they have learnt.

All children, when introduced to a new concept for the first time, are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. The three mathematical methods used at St Uny CE Academy are:


Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.


Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using these pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.


Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid by using the concrete and pictorial methods the children can move onto an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.



Teaching within EYFS aims to nurture all children so that they become confident, capable mathematicians for the future. Teaching focuses on developing firm mathematical foundations in ways that are engaging and appropriate for their age. Daily opportunities are carefully planned, so that children can experience ‘hands on maths’ using real life resources.



Summative assessment takes place at the end of each unit and children’s progress and attainment are discussed by teachers, leaders and parents. Termly PUMA assessments are used to support teacher assessment judgements as well as the 'Interim Assessment Framework' for Year 2 and Year 6. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. In addition, we place a strong emphasis on the power of questioning: this enables us both to explore topics together as a class as well as verbally develop reasoning skills during our lessons. Leaders monitor the effectiveness of teaching frequently through a rigorous monitoring schedule. 


Impact - Assessment 

The impact of how we teach Maths to our pupils is demonstrated through standards in National Testing:

  • EYFS Number & Shape %
  • KS1 Maths Attainment - Teacher Assessment
  • Year 4 Multiplication Check Assessment 
  • KS2 Maths Attainment: SATs
Impact - Learners 
Children will have a love of Maths and make at least good progress in Maths from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in EYFS.
Children will use their Maths skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more.
Children will use their Maths knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more.
Children will understand and use Maths as a life skill, enabling them to flourish once they leave St Uny CE Academy. 
Curriculum: Teaching & Learning Principles (TLPs): 
St Uny Academy is dedicated to providing a rich and varied curriculum for all pupils, underpinned by consistently high standards. The TLPs for Maths set out the school's approach towards the teaching of Maths. 


Children with SEN are supported within maths lessons in a variety of ways. Adult support, the use of manipulatives and carefully differentiated tasks ensure that each child learns at the appropriate level. Teacher assessment and monitoring finds the areas of need for each child and small steps are planned to fill these gaps.

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