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We all use maths every day, even if that's not what we call it. We check our change at the supermarket, work out how expensive the new dishwasher will be and decide when we need to leave the house to get to the train station.

We provide a maths curriculum to encourage children to enjoy maths, to help them to feel secure to have a go at problem solving and, most importantly, help them to see how this learning is applied to real life situations so they will be able to use the skills they've learned when they grow up.

At the federation of East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham CE Primary Schools the children are encouraged to use manipulatives and pictorial representations to help build and develop their knowledge and aid understanding of mathematical concepts.

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Foundation Stage

Children are supported to develop their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding.

For more information please visit the EYFS Curriculum link.

Key Stage One and Two

The teaching and learning aims of the Mathematics Curriculum at East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham School follow three strands:

-         Fluency

-         Mathematical Reasoning

-         Problem solving

Mental Maths and Times table Challenges

It is important that children can quickly recall mental facts to solve calculations. Children are given daily opportunities in school to work on their mental maths. They are set personal targets to progress on the mental maths and times table ladder, which they practise in school on a regular basis.

Click here to see the KS1 Mental Maths pupil record sheet

Click here to see the KS2 Mental Maths pupil record sheet


Calculation Methods

We have a consistent approach to the use of written calculation methods (see ‘calculation policy’) which is designed to give children accurate and efficient methods with which to tackle more complex problems.

Problem Solving & Reasoning

We provide rich and challenging problem solving and reasoning activities in mathematics lessons. The activities build on the knowledge children have and the different methods they might use. They deepen and broaden problem solving skills, which include thinking skills and also mathematical knowledge. The problems provide opportunities for discussion and communication, and encourage originality. The children are encouraged to give reasons for their opinions, making deductions, using precise language to explain what they think, making judgements and decisions informed by reasons and evidence.

How can you help?

  • Help your child practice their mental maths targets at home – a few minutes a day is all you need
  • Insist that numbers are written the correct way round
  • Support your child with their maths homework, play maths games with them on SUMDOG and enjoy maths together 
  • Talk to your child about maths, get them to explain the mathematical calculations they use and how they achieved their answer 
  • Encourage your child to experience and use maths in ‘everyday life’ e.g. buying things at the shop, cooking, telling the time etc.


For further information about Mathematics in our schools, please contact our Mathematics Subject Leader Marie Mann.

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