All pupils at Hempland will

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.

How Maths links with our school values

Cooperation and teamwork are integral to maths and we ensure that all children develop the ability to work collaboratively, respecting and valuing the ideas of others but also to have the confidence to challenge in an appropriate way.
Children are given rich and varied opportunities to succeed in mathematics, including the change to learn from their own and others’ mistakes.  They will have the opportunity to advance their thinking through collaboration and problem solving.  Children will learn about some of the great mathematicians and be inspired by the wonder and magic of maths.
Children are ambitious learners who tackle mathematical challenges with confidence, including with the support of practical resources, mental and written strategies.  They can apply these to a range of scenarios, including those that relate to everyday life.
Children will develop resilience by learning that mistakes help us to learn.  Through collaborative work and mastery approach, children will improve and secure their understanding by building on their existing knowledge and skills.


Our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Year 6.

  • We follow the National Curriculum from Years 1-6 and Development Matters in Early Years; this ensures consistency and progression throughout the school.
  • The curriculum is supported by the White Rose scheme of work which is used as a guide to support the progression of knowledge and skills. .
  • A calculation policy is used to ensure a consistent and progressive approach to teaching of strategies and methods.
  • From years 1 to 6, maths is taught daily.
  • Intervention groups are carefully planned to support the needs of pupils, and groupings are flexible.
  • Children are taught through clear modelling and participate regularly in mathematical discussion with teachers and their peers. They are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Daily Maths Blast sessions are used to assess and embed key knowledge and skills, as well as target areas where pupils’ understanding is not yet secure.
  • A maths working wall is in every classroom to support learning
  • Key vocabulary is introduced, displayed on working walls, and revisited regularly to develop language acquisition throughout school.
  • Every classroom has an appropriate  ‘Maths Market’ where resources are readily available to support concrete and visual learning, alongside pictorial representations and abstract methods.


  • Children enjoy maths and demonstrate positive attitudes towards the subject.
  • Children will work collaboratively and independently with confidence, applying their knowledge to solve increasingly complex problems.
  • Children will demonstrate quick recall of facts and efficient use of methods, including times tables.
  • Children will begin to recognise relationships between concepts and make connections, including the use of mathematics in real life.
  • Children will acquire the skills and knowledge they need to access the next step of their education.