Copley Junior School

Maths Curriculum


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Maths Curriculum Overview

Please find below our maths curriculum overview. This sets out the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for each year group in maths.


Why do we teach maths?

Maths equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.

Maths is important and essential in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that pupils develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards maths that will stay with them.

Our aim is all pupils should:

  • Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • Know by heart 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 written form, 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 problems, and recognise 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 these 
  • 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.

How do we teach maths?

Pupils are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their mathematical skills. The structure of lessons will vary depending on the objectives being taught, and the needs of the pupils, but key components of lessons include: mental/oral starters, a main teaching activity, independent activities and a plenary session. The teaching of maths at Copley Junior School provides opportunities for:

  • Group work
  • Paired work
  • Individual work
  • Whole class teaching, use of equipment, resources and ICT
  • Regular practice of times tables using Times Tables Rock Stars

Pupils engage in

  • The development of mental strategies
  • Written methods
  • Practical work
  • Investigative work
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical discussion
  • Consolidation of basic skills and number facts

At Copley Junior School we recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. We use mathematical vocabulary when planning to help determine the appropriate terminology to use in our teaching and children are expected to use this in their verbal and written explanations.

How you can improve your maths

  • Complete your home learning tasks - both written tasks and online maths tasks
  • Practise your times tables using 'Times Tables Rock Stars'
  • Practise telling the time, using analogue and digital clocks
  • Use the computer, there are lots of great websites!

What Our Pupils Say

Here are some of the children's most recent reflections on their learning:

  • “Maths is my best subject because it’s challenging.” Thomas
  • “I have definitely improved on my recall of times table facts for the 6, 7 and 8 times tables and now feel confident when completing Times Table Rock Stars.” Eve
  • “My favourite subject this year was maths – I loved all aspects of it!” Gracie
  • “In maths, I have made good progress and now feel confident when working with fractions.” Eric
  • “I have tried my best to improve my recall of times table facts to help me spot patterns in maths.” Isabella
  • “My favourite subjects this year have been PE, computing and maths because I love all aspects of sports and problem solving.” Evie
  • “In maths, I am proud of all my work and especially enjoyed adding fractions.” Amelia J
  • “I think I showed good ‘team work’ at Robinwood and ‘creativity’ in lessons – particularly maths with the challenges. I have improved most in maths. I love it when I get on to Miss Wright’s challenges. I like to see how many I can do.” Luke
  • “I have most improved in maths because I have developed my confidence with written methods and like trying to get on to challenges.” Eva
  • “I have shown most improvement in maths. I really enjoy pushing myself to get on to challenges. Emelia
  • “My favourite subject has been maths because I have liked learning all the new things.” Francesca
  • “My favourite subject has been maths because I like challenging myself.” Luke
  • “My favourite subject has been maths because I have learned new ways to figure out sums.” William
  • “My favourite subject is maths. I have improved on it because I hardly knew what decimals were and now I am great at them.” Joseph M
  • “My favourite subject is maths – it makes me feel like a wizard.” Sienna
  • “This year I have enjoyed working on the maths investigations because I have challenged myself to complete more challenging calculations. Last year, I struggled with my confidence but now I believe in myself.” Scarlett
  • “I have enjoyed Year 6 because I have loved every maths lesson. It is very exciting for me.” Summer