Bournehall Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning


Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3AX

020 8950 4438



At Bournehall Primary School we value maths because it:

  • makes an important contribution to all aspects of life

  • enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives

  • underpins so many aspects of our daily lives, such as architecture, art, music, money and engineering.

  • plays a critical part in the economic health of the nation.


  • understands the important concepts and makes connections within mathematics

  • explores a broad range of skills when using and applying mathematics

  • has fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system

  • thinks independently and perseveres when faced with challenges, showing confidence of success

  • embraces the value of learning from mistakes and false starts

  • reasons, generalises and makes sense of solutions

  • shows fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques

  • uses a wide range of mathematical vocabulary

  • shows commitment to and passion for the subject

Chris Quigley - Essentials Curriculum



 Children tell us that they enjoy maths and learn best when they:

  • work together to solve problems

  • know what they have done well and what they need to do to improve

  • play maths games and solve puzzles

  • choose their challenges

  • have time to work things out

  • select from a range of equipment

  • learn from their mistakes

  • practise their mental maths skills



The 2014 National Curriculum for maths aims to ensure that all children:

  • 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 non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

All maths lessons hold these aims at their core and, in addition, they:

  • revise, revisit and secure previously learned concepts (usually as a mental starter)

  • provide plenty of opportunities to problem solve and explore possibilities

  • model accurate use of mathematical vocabulary

  • have challenges for pupils to choose from

  • have the ‘Times Tables Challenge’ at least twice a week (KS2)

  • use concrete resources to support understanding (from Year Reception to Year 6)

  • take into account pupils’ prior knowledge and understanding

  • encourage creative thinking, explaining and reasoning

"Good mathematics is not about how many answers you know... It's about how you behave when you don't know." Author Unknown



can be found on

pages 32 to 36




can be found on

Years 1 and 2 pages  8 to 10
Years 3 and 4 pages  28 to 30
Years 5 and 6 pages  50 to 53