Our Curriculum

At Plaistow Primary School we ensure children are developing crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them to address a problem and find multiple ways to solve it. Our curriculum is based on the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics and implemented by the use of Power Maths which promotes embedding of problem-solving and whole-class teaching within a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach.

CPA provides our pupils with a conceptual understanding of maths. New concepts are differentiated and developed to meet the needs of the pupils. Then, gradually and systematically knowledge is built upon to further the pupil’s existing understanding.

‘Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer! Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths.’Power Maths.

In class, maths is very practical and is an extremely important part of our teaching approach. We offer a range of equipment to support and further the learning of our pupils and where possible, link it across the curriculum to demonstrate both its versatility and meaningfulness in everyday life.

Mathematics Policy Calculation Policy

What do we teach?

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

The mathematics taught in our school closely follows the requirements of the National Curriculum. Learning is divided into the following strands:

Number and Place Value Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division



Geometry – Properties of Shape
Geometry – Position and Direction  


For further information regarding the expectation in maths for each year group and our overviews of coverage, have a look at the links below:

Overviews Expectation Booklet
Reception Overview EYFS
Year 1 Maths Overview Year 1
Year 2 Maths Overview Year 2
Year 3 Maths Overview Year 3
Year 4 Maths Overview Year 4
Year 5 Maths Overview Year 5
Year 6 Maths Overview Year 6


How do we achieve maths mastery?

As a staff, we discussed and researched into our own pedagogical approach to maths teaching and learning. We consider mathematical reasoning and problem solving as separate entities within our maths curriculum. Fluency of facts, concepts procedures and mathematical vocabulary are key in ensuring success in both reasoning and problem solving equally. It is then all these combined that give us the outcome we desire for our pupils - deeper understanding and mastery of maths.



Maths homework is set each week by the class teacher using Mathletics. The homework is made up of different activities that take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Then, from the results of these activities, analytical data is provided for the tasks completed by each individual pupil. Our teachers use this data to inform their future planning and acknowledge any areas for further development. Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to the National Curriculum standards.

For further information about how to use Mathletics at home, see our document below. Additionally, see our homework guide to help support your child more effectively with homework:

Mathletics Homepage Our Mathletics Guide Homework Guide


Parent Sessions


Once a term, we invite our parents to share in a maths session with their children. This is a great opportunity for parents to get an insight into the way we teach maths daily here at Plaistow Primary School, as well as help update them on the current methods we are teaching. Additionally, it is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to feel supported and enthused to succeed and achieve in maths. These sessions are led by the class teachers and encourage children and parents to work collaboratively, whether it be with the use of concrete materials, using pictorial methods, or solving problems and explaining their reasoning using mathematical vocabulary.