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Team Prestbury Maths Curriculum


Maths at Prestbury St Mary’s Federation

Belief + Hard Work + Understanding = Success


At Prestbury St Mary's Federation, we foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes, believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content.

Curriculum Intent

 We aim for all pupils to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • 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.


Curriculum Implementation

The work is delivered through whole class lessons which are carefully planned to help develop children’s mathematical understanding. Key concepts are broken into small steps to ensure all children are able to access the learning. Conceptual understanding is developed through concrete and visual representations and children are given opportunity to explain their reasoning as part of our daily maths lessons. These enable children to gain a deep understanding of the mathematical concept so that the learning is sustainable over time. This allows children to build new learning upon prior knowledge whilst always striving to consolidate those key skills they have already learned. Children are supported through specific planned interventions and are challenged by being exposed to a variety of rich and sophisticated problems. In addition to daily Mathematics lessons, the children also receive daily ‘fluency’ sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity for practising key number and arithmetic skills. The sessions are taught and focused, encouraging children to make connections, see patterns, build their arithmetical fluency and work together to explore mathematical ideas and conjectures.

Daily Mathematics Lessons: Teach Up  (45-50 minutes)

Manageable Steps of new learning based on the NC statements

Learning Together

Intelligent Practice

Support and Challenge

Typical Lesson design:

1) Hook It: Introduction

2) Teach It: Live modelling of the new learning with explicit use of potential misunderstandings

3) Practise It: All children practise together  Support & Challenge

4) Do It: Up to 5 examples – 5 ‘What it is’ or ‘3+2 ‘What it is/What it’s also’ Challenge 1: Procedural Fluency

5) Secure It: 1 or 2 Misunderstandings (True/false, Spot the mistake) Challenge 2: Conceptual Understanding

6) Deepen It: Apply understanding to solve new problems Challenge 3: Mathematical Thinking


Daily Fluency Sessions: Keep up (20-30 minutes)

Deliberate Practice Sessions







Whole Year Mathematical Road Maps