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At Cirencester Primary School we teach Maths using the new National Curriculum. The programmes of study within the new curriculum are arranged into the following areas:

  • Number
    • Number and place value
    • Addition and subtraction
    • Multiplication and division
    • Fractions
    • Ratio and proportion (Year 6)
    • Algebra (Year 6)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
    • Properties of shape
    • Position and direction
  • Statistics (from Year 2 upwards)


Within all of these areas, children are provided with a range of opportunities to solve problems and use their investigative skills. We use a resource called STOPS ( to provide opportunities for pupils to talk about their maths; explaining their methods and drawing conclusions from their findings. Within the activities and tasks in this scheme, children will solve problems using the following methods:

  • Act it out
  • Trial and error
  • Trial by improvement
  • List or table
  • Pattern
  • Simplify
  • Working backwards
  • Algebraic


Children are taught maths every day within their usual classes (apart from Year 6 who are taught in ability groups). Within the new curriculum the focus is very much on depth of understanding so it is very unlikely that your child will be moved onto the objectives from the next year group. Instead, pupils are provided with mastery activities which will provide them with a deeper understand of the mathematical concept being taught.

We have set out our school calculation policy to ensure that pupils have this depth of understanding of a concept before moving onto written methods. For example, before pupils are taught chunking or bus stop methods for division, they spend lots of time practically sharing out items and looking at lots of different visual representations of this sharing. Please see our calculation policy for more details.


Quick mental recall of mathematical facts such as times tables, doubles/halves, squared/cubed numbers and number bonds is essential in becoming a confident mathematician and this is an area which we are having a large focus on this year through the introduction of the Maths Passports scheme. Each pupil will work their way through different awards which contain increasingly difficult mental recall objectives. Please support your children as much as possible at home with their current targets.