At Great Denham we believe maths should be engaging, challenging and relevant to the children and their 21st century lives. At Great Denham we are passionate that teaching and learning in maths is based on a sound mathematical understanding rather than simply taught as memorised methods that are carried out without such an understanding. This is reflected in the calculation policy (click here to view separate document) which advocates the use of hands on and visual equipment across all year groups alongside the teaching of the formal methods.

Maths at Great Denham is focused on the three aims of the 2014 national curriculum so that our children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and are able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • can reason mathematically so they can follow a line of enquiry, seek patterns, and explain their thinking and findings using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their knowledge, breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

To make rapid progress children are provided with regular opportunities to practice, consolidate, extend and apply their skills in a variety of contexts. Maths teaching is taught within a 'spiral' curriculum, re-visiting topics on a regular basis to ensure children master key skills.

In September 2015 we launched ‘magic mental maths’ sessions across the school. Magic maths is short burst, daily sessions which drive number fluency and also provide daily opportunities for children to develop their reasoning skills by describing patterns, discussing hypothesises and using mathematical language to “talk maths” about the concepts they are learning about.



Maths at Great Denham Primary