Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be


"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics."  

Paul Halmos

Subject Coordinators: Mr Bryan and Mrs Whitehead

Maths at Athelstan Community Primary School. 


At Athelstan Community Primary School we provide a well-balanced maths curriculum which is creative, practical and challenging for each child. Our curriculum aims to broaden and deepen the children’s understanding of fluency, reasoning and problem solving through modern and innovative teaching techniques that reflect the modern and cultural lives of our children.  We aim to develop skills which enable the children to use and apply numbers, measures, shape and space and data handling with competence and confidence in a range of contexts. We also aim to develop children’s skills in mental calculation, by ensuring they have a repertoire of known facts and strategies to draw upon.  Mathematics in our school will strive to foster an enjoyment of mathematical problem solving and allow children to use their skills.


At Athelstan the Teachers will:

  • Implement daily Mathematics lessons, sharing clear objectives with the children;
  • Use a range of teaching styles to incorporate, where age appropriate:- direct teaching, a high proportion of whole class oral/mental sessions, group/paired work and individual work;
  • Build practical lessons into each area whereby the children can make connections to the world around them and detect patterns, making links and connections between prior knowledge and new experiences;
  • Use the new revised Curriculum 2014 of objectives to aid planning using the ABACUS scheme of work as a basis alongside a number of other resources to encourage depth and mastery;
  • Give homework activities in line with the school’s policy e.g. learning tables, weekly challenge, learn by heart facts;
  • Assess mathematics termly using Fisher Family Trust (FFT) and implement strategies to ensure progress of all children.


At Athelstan children will be encouraged to:

  • Enjoy Mathematics and see its relevance in real life;
  • Understand exactly what is expected of them on a day-to-day basis;
  • Develop mental calculation strategies, so that their first reaction to a question is “can I do that in my head”;
  • Use mathematical vocabulary with confidence;
  • Use their knowledge to solve problems, see patterns, make predictions, present information clearly, interpret data;
  • Give oral explanations of their methods;
  • Seek enjoyment in challenging mathematical situations and have a positive approach to tackling those challenges;
  • Understand which resources allow them to work out a range of mathematical problems and to use them with confidence.