New Curriculum Maths

The Organisation of Maths at Summerhill


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •  become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.


The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on


Time Allocation

At Summerhill, components of Maths such as Times Tables , Written arithmetic and Basic Skills are taught discretely in separate lessons. This ensures coverage and assists pupils to reach mastery in different aspects. All of these discrete but co-dependent skills are brought together in our daily mathematic lessons.

Monday  11.15 - 12.30

Basic Skills sessions will take place throughout the school from Year 2 onwards. 

The children will be grouped by ability and will work alongside other children who are achieving their equivalent standard. This practice enables children to work at a similar pace and level as their peers. The group sizes are also smaller which is also more beneficial.


These sessions take place for fifteen minutes every day and the children will either complete 4 calculations based on the strategies their year group are following or a problem solving session.

Written Arithmetic or Mental Maths

Children will complete a written arithmetic or mental maths test every Thursday to ensure that they are keeping abreast of strategies they have already learned.


Clearly, other curriculum areas also provide opportunity to practise and enhance these skills.