Our Mathematical learning and teaching intent is to ensure a consistent whole school approach. This enables children to develop fluency and mastery in mathematical problem solving and reasoning skills that are valuable in every subject area and in day to day life.


We have high expectations in the learning and teaching of Mathematics to ensure fluency in number and a deep understanding of Mathematical concepts. The curriculum delivers opportunities to engage, build and develop the foundations of mathematics in number, shape, measure, statistical and reasoning skills to enable them access mathematics across the curriculum and into their everyday lives.

At Brookmead children learn mathematics through a system called Maths Makes Sense. This systematic mathematics programme helps develop and deepen their mathematical understanding across all areas of mathematics learning. Maths Makes Sense is fully aligned to the National Curriculum for mathematics.

When learning a new technique, learning is approached in the same way. Initially, children will watch and listen to the teacher talk through a worked example, this is known as Direct Instruction (DI). They then take part alongside the teacher with Guided Practice (GP). Children then complete Partner Teaching (PT) where they repeat the Guided Practice method with their partner. This approach ensures they understand what they are doing as they work collaboratively to find a solution. These approaches ensure that all children have completed, at the very least, 4 different worked examples before tackling new methods in independent (I) work.

This system supports the full use of concrete, pictorial, abstract methods to deliver teaching of Mathematics.

Daily fluency activities enable the children to master key number skills at pace. Number fluency enables children to recall facts quickly and free up their working memory when tackling longer, more complex problems.

To develop reasoning skills in Maths our learners work through daily reasoning activities.

Children regularly revisit concepts to ensure a depth of learning leading to mastery. Achieving mastery means acquiring a ‘depth before breadth’ skill set, enabling children to grasp a concept confidently by exploring challenges and investigating it in alternative ways. This builds reasoning skills and resilience, developing the children into more independent learners who appreciate that problems can be approached from different angles.

The learning of times tables is taught throughout the school and Times Tables Rockstars and Cracking Times Tables are used to complement this.

Our practice journals encourage recall of mathematical concepts and a link between home and school learning.

In 2019 Brookmead School became a member of the Developing Teaching for Mastery Work Group supported by the Enigma Maths Hub.

Cross curricular links for real world application Maths are important, links to Science, DT and Computing are examples of this.

Our full progression in skills for Mathematics can be found below, this has been adapted to add elements from the Mastery Work Group:



Commitment & enthusiasm

Caring for others

Confidence & self-belief


Teamwork & cooperation

Honesty & fair play

Showing respect

Encouraging & supporting others

Taking pride in our learning

Being positive & ready to learn


In addition:

Learners use a range of mathematical vocabulary in their learning and apply this to cross curricular links. Across the school a sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary is used and children are given modelled sentences to help them recall facts and methods

Learners know how and why maths is used in the outside world and in the workplace

Mathematical concepts or skills are mastered through the clear and systematic learning and teaching

Learners demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures, for example the times tables.

Maths progression in skills.pdf

Maths Makes Sense uses a learning system of concrete objects (cups or cards), exaggerated actions and specific vocabulary to help every child succeed and become confident mathematicians. The combination of objects, actions and vocabulary makes maths accessible to children from the youngest age. The learning system builds deep understanding and embeds a picture of the maths in children’s minds so they progress to thinking without the aid of physical objects; they refer to their mental images instead.

Maths Makes Sense follows a teaching cycle of instruction and assessment to help every child succeed and to help make sure no child gets left behind. The cycle consists of direct instruction, guided practice and partner teaching, with partner work embedded throughout.

During direct instruction, teachers introduce a new concept or idea to the class. During Guided practice, the children practise what they have been taught under careful guidance from their teacher. Partner teaching is a proven technique that works on the premise that the best way to understand if you really understand something is to try and explain it to somebody else. Children teach each other what they have learned and, in this way, they consolidate and deepen their own understanding. Assessment is at the heart of this cycle; our teachers carefully monitor and assist children where necessary.

We ensure that children have mastered the Mathematical curriculum in order to extend their learning and achieve their full potential.

Supporting your child with their maths learning at home

The Brookmead Practice Journals provide guidance and support for pupils and parents to practise the mathematics they are learning at home.

Maths Makes Sense has devised a set of games for pupils in Foundation Stage to Year 5. Click here to download the MMS Games relevant to your child's age and stage.

Below you can download the Brookmead School Progression in Learning Mathematics documents for EYFS and Key Stage 1 and for Key Stage 2, as well as detailed medium term planning documents for each year group in Key Stages 1 and 2 to give you a clearer idea of the maths your child is learning at Brookmead School.