Our Vision

Mathematics is fundamental for everyday life and teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing the ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. Our vision is to support all children to become fluent, independent mathematicians to prepare them for future achievements. We want our children to have a growth mindset and a sense of both enjoyment and curiosity towards this subject. Enriched mathematical talk is vital to develop mathematical concepts and deepen understanding in order to produce confident, skilled, resilient pupils who are not afraid of a challenge and are equipped to approach mathematics in the real world.

Statement of Intent

At Barley Mow Primary, we recognise that maths teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.  Our intent is for children to leave us as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians; who understand that mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life and the world we live in.

Our school bases the core work in maths around the National Curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing 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.
  • Understand the importance of maths in everyday life.

At Barley Mow Primary, we follow a mastery approach and teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.  Our approach is underpinned by the Five Big Ideas of Mastery which is outlined below.

White Rose Maths  Schemes of Learning

Maths National Curriculum

Maths Policy

Maths Long Term Plans

Barley Mow Primary School EYFS Progression

Maths Progression -Primary

Maths Parent Home Guide

Nursery Love Vehicles!

Nursery started off this term by looking at different types of vehicles. In our phonics we have enjoyed singing vehicle based songs such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Down by the Station’. In our small group we made our own vehicles! We focused on cars, Nursery...

Measuring Angles

In year 5 we have been learning about angles. We have learned that an angle is a measurement of the amount of turn between two lines and that we measure angles using degrees. We have learned to recognise acute, right-angle, obtuse and reflex angles. We have been...

Mad about Mini-beasts.

Reception have had such a busy couple of weeks, learning about mini-beasts. We made different types of mini-beast art ,which includes using our cutting and sticking skills to make collages like the artist Henry Matisse, which we have previously learnt about. We made...

Learning about mini-beasts

Nursery have loved learning about mini- beasts this term. We have been looking at where mini-beats live and what they like to eat. We couldn’t believe worms eat mud! We have been practicing moving our bodies like different bugs and searching for mini- beasts in our...

Making Arrays

Year 1 have learned that a rectangular array is a group of objects that are arranged in equal rows and columns. Our first activity was to spot all the rectangular arrays, then we had to make our own arrays before finally completing a worksheet about arrays. It’s been...

Weighing and converting kilograms and grams

In our maths lessons today, we have been learning to weigh objects and to convert kilograms to grams. We started by learning that there are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram. We used scales and read the intervals carefully to find an an accurate weight of the different...

Growing in Nursery

Nursery have been very busy this term learning about growing. We started our learning by looking at different foods that grow. Nursery read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We talked about the different foods the caterpillar ate and how some of them grow. We...

Ruler Rules! 📏

Year 2 have been learning to measure objects to the nearest cm with a ruler. The children watched carefully how to use a ruler correctly then practised measuring different objects round the classroom with a friend. They then tried hard to use a ruler independently and...

Measuring length and height

Today Year 1 have been using cubes to help them learn how to measure correctly. We began by measuring different size worms then moved on to bigger objects around the classroom such as whiteboards, water bottles and desks.


Reception have enjoyed learning all about the season, Spring. We have been on a Spring hunt in our outdoor area, created spring paintings of blossom trees and flowers, explored our farm shop role play area and lots more! Reception have been focusing on the story ‘Jack...