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Ogbourne C of E Primary School

Our Maths & Numeracy

Image result for Stuart Harvey Theatre"Welcome from Link Governor for Numeracy

As a past pupil of Ogbourne Primary I am incredibly proud to now be a governor. I have been working in the Theatre & Education sectors for over 20 years, including running a "drama club" at the school for a number of years. Working with young people in the Arts is a huge passion of mine. I am incredibly excitied to be working closely with the staff and children in my role Link Governor for Numeracy.

"God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world" - Paul Dirac

To view our Maths Implementation 2021-22 in more detail click here

Maths Curriculum Intent - 2022-23

The intent of the Ogbourne CofE Primary Maths Curriculum is to provide a mastery curriculum, which is accessible to all. We want our pupils to have a deep, secure and sustainable understanding of maths. We ensure that all pupils have many opportunities to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems in both real-life scenarios and unfamiliar contexts. We intend for our pupils to be able to reason mathematically, to describe, justify, prove and convince. We want our pupils to know that mathematics is essential to everyday life. We want our pupils to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want our pupils to have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity and an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.

The school embraces the aims of the National Curriculum and we deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We foster positive attitudes and want all children to experience success in mathematics.


"Mathematics is, in its way,
the poetry of logical ideas."

Albert Einstein

Maths Curriculum Implementation - 2022-23

At Ogbourne St George Primary School our maths curriculum is shaped by our intent.

To ensure consistent coverage and that skills and knowledge are built on year by year the school follows the ‘Can Do Scheme’ of learning. The use of small manageable steps, a clear progressive set of learning objectives and a mastery approach enables children to explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas and deepen their understanding. Using the ‘Do It’, ‘Secure It’ and ‘Deepen It’ structure of lessons children reason and prove their understanding at a deeper level. Physical manipulatives are used throughout the school and alongside numbers and symbols, the use of pictures is encouraged to prove and visualise abstract ideas.

The mathematics timetable at Ogbourne School prioritises additional curriculum time beyond the mathematics lesson. This additional time is used to teach mental calculation strategies, support deliberate practice, consolidate concepts and provide immediate intervention for identified difficulties and misconceptions. Same day, weekly formative and periodic summative assessment enables gaps in pupils’ mathematical knowledge to be addressed.

The school has bought into Times Tables Rockstars and all pupils from Reception through to Year 6 are actively encouraged to engage with the Times Tables and Numbots programmes.


Maths Curriculum Impact

With a positive ‘Can Do’ attitude we believe all children can achieve in mathematics and develop a sense of mathematical curiosity and enjoyment.

At each stage, all children develop a secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts with sustainable foundations ready to be built on in the next stage.

By the end of KS2 the aim is that all children are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

"Mathematics may not teach us to add love
or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution."

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Maths Progression Maps

These progression maps are structured using the topic headings as they appear in the National Curriculum:

1) Place Value                                       2) Addition and Subtraction

3) Multiplication and Division                   4) Fractions

5) Ratio and Proportion                           6) Algebra

7) Measurement                                     8) Geometry - Properties of Shape

9) Geometry - Direction and Movement     10) Statistics

In Numeracy and Maths Our Pupils Should:

  • Have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.
  • Know by heart, age appropriate number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
  • Use what they know by heart, to figure out numbers mentally.
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies.  
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively.
  • Make sense of number problems, including non-routine/’real’ problems and identify the operations needed to solve them.
  • Explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms.
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary.
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements.
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.

Our Numeracy and Maths Subject Aims

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, at Ogbourne Primary, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives. It is vital that a positive attitude towards Mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society.

We aim to provide pupils with a Mathematics curriculum and high-quality teaching to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment through the use of real-life contexts and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their Mathematical skills to the full.

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