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Mathematics at Charles Warren Academy

"Pupils develop mathematical skills well.  Pupils are applying their number skills well throughout the school."


Mathematics takes place daily from Reception through to Year 6 (sessions are between 45 – 60 minutes in Year 1 to 6). The curriculum consists of 14 units incorporating using and applying, counting, number facts, calculation, shape, measure and data handling. Within each unit, objectives progress from Stage 1 up to Stage 6 and are based on age-related expectations. Teachers select the appropriate strand of objectives based on the children’s prior knowledge and skills rather than on the year group, which ensures that the needs of the children are met. The main objectives are broken down into ‘I can’ statements which support children’s understanding. This allows for targets to be implemented effectively and next steps to be put in place to ensure progression.

Maths session

The introduction to each session begins with a lively mental maths starter which engages children through practical activities. This helps to develop quick responses to key mathematical facts. To further embed these skills large colourful displays have been placed in corridor areas for children to view daily. A whole school ‘Times Table Challenge’ has been put in place to encourage develop ‘Arithmetical Proficiency.’

The main teaching session incorporates direct interactive teaching input and practical and written work. During this time children will work on activities that support the learning objective. Whole class, group, paired or individual work will take place to suit the objective and children’s ability.

Plenary sessions provide the opportunities to discuss and demonstrate the main teaching points and to assess children’s understanding. Children will have opportunities to share their findings, see the progress that they have made for themselves through the use of peer or self-assessment. Pitch and expectation questions can also be used to recap intended learning for the session.

Working walls are used in classes to support children’s learning through modelling examples and success criteria. They show the teaching sequence and progression over time and allow children to take ownership of these by adding their own work. The working wall develops over the maths unit being taught, which is normally a two week block allowing children to make reference to good examples and key vocabulary.


SATs testing will take place annually for Years 2 and 6. Termly assessments will take place for each year group. Assessment of children’s learning is on-going through both teacher assessment and children’s own assessment for learning (AFL). A more formal assessment takes place at the end of each half term, and this in conjunction with teacher assessment and APP evidence shows children’s attainment and progress. Tracking grids are used throughout Charles Warren Academy and are used to show pupil achievement and levels, as well as highlighting areas of focus. Tracking is a cyclical process and one which informs intervention groups and target setting.

Summer maths activities (from 

For learning videos that follow the strategies used at school please follow this link to Trinity Primary Academy. Maths at Trinity and CWA!


To understand what specific interventions and home supports would alleviate summer math loss, more research is needed. But here are four fun ways for parents to help their children practice maths skills over the summer, based on work by Christodoulou, Lynch, and HGSE’s master teacher in mathematics, Noah Heller.

  • Highlight the maths in every day activities. When shopping, help kids calculate change or discounts. When watching a baseball game, talk about what players’ statistics mean. When cooking, try halving or doubling a recipe, and assist kids in figuring out the new proportions.
  • Read short maths stories together. Studies have shown that reading maths-focused stories to children, such as Bedtime Maths books or the Family Maths series, can help boost math scores in school.
  • Play maths games. Games like Yahtzee, Racko, Blokus, Monopoly, and Set all rely on skills necessary for maths, such as counting, categorizing, and building. Even playing with blocks and assembling jigsaw puzzles can help kids learn spatial skills and recognize patterns.
  • Find small ways to practice maths at home. While worksheets alone won’t solve summer math slump, small amounts of practice with basic formulas can help. Problem-of-the-day math calendars are a great way to practice basic math problems on a small scale. Parents can also find resources onInvestigations about what types of mathematical procedures they should be practicing with their children.

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