At Smithdown Primary School we know that a high quality Mathematics education introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. We follow a mastery approach to teaching which promotes fluency, as well as developing reasoning and problem solving skills.

We are working closely with our local NCETM Mathshub to embed the teaching of mastery. More information can be found at the following websites:

Teaching for Mastery

The Five Big Ideas of Mastery Explained

All our children have the opportunity to develop mastery through a wide range of learning opportunities. We utilise both independent and collaborative learning. At Smithdown we are also aware of the importance of learning outside the classroom and we are providing more and more opportunities for children to learn this way.

Concrete and pictorial resources are used to help children develop a strong foundation of concrete experience, which then allows them to think in the abstract. As a staff we ensure that all children have access to their age related learning and that the whole curriculum is used to develop and promote Mathematical skill. Cross-curricular work offers a creative way to develop and embed children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics and engage their imagination.

At Smithdown we strongly believe in supporting our pupils to become Mathematicians for life.

National Curriculum for Maths

This year (2021 – 2022) to further support all our pupils to make excellent progress, after the impact of the COVID pandemic, we will be using the NCETM curriculum prioritisation materials to support the teaching and learning of Maths where appropriate. This means our yearly overview is a working document and subject to change across the year in line with the needs of our pupils.

Click here to view the Priority Objectives for Years 1 – 6


Smithdown Primary School completed the Liverpool Counts Numeracy for Life Quality Mark in Spring 2018, achieving the GOLD standard. We want everyone in our school community to continue to be involved in promoting the core values of the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark. This year the pupils, in KS2, have received financial education training from MyBnk and Debtaware. We are also part of the Lifesavers Programme and many pupils are now saving for the future on a regular basis.

The quality mark has been developed by Liverpool Learning Partnership, and School Improvement Liverpool, to promote positive attitudes to mathematics and numeracy as an essential life skill.

‘The aim of the Quality mark is to tackle the negative attitudes in society towards numeracy and mathematics. We want to promote a culture where people understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, health and employment aspects of their lives. We also aim to support adults in schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.’

Liverpool Learning Partnership & School Improvement Liverpool 2016

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge has stressed the importance of challenging anyone who says, ‘I can’t do maths’ with ‘Yes, you can’. Liverpool is launching the challenge city wide and everyone can get involved.


Follow this link to learn more:

Top tips for parents and families:

Be positive about maths. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do maths” or “I hated maths at school.” Your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths use in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths – such as using money, cooking and planning travel.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent – this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

Useful Websites:

Multiplication Tables Support

Homework Activities (You will need your child’s log in details)

Mathematical Challenges


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