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At Foxdell Schools Federation, our maths curriculum is designed to provide children with the opportunity to expand upon and develop their mental maths skills, and prepare them for the wide variety of problem-solving opportunities that they will encounter in their lives.

Intent; we believe that all children should have a deep understanding of maths and number.

Implementation; our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Y6. Impact; Children demonstrate a deep understanding of maths. This includes the recollection of the times table.


Our Whole-School Maths Vision is:

  •  To foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.
  •  To develop a ‘can do’ attitude in our children, especially when problem solving.
  •  To broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world by making rich and varied real life connections.
  •  To enable our pupils to confidently reason about their mathematics, using a suitable range of mathematical language, recognising its importance for communication and deep thinking.
  •  To use a wide range of models, visual manipulatives and practical resources to develop a deep conceptual understanding alongside procedural fluency.
  •  To introduce, develop and master the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to teaching and learning that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils.
  •  To implement the current legal requirements of the Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the New National Curriculum.
  •  Through Quality First Teaching, staff across the Federation work collaboratively to ensure the progress of all pupils.
  •  Children are both challenged and supported to ensure they reach their full potential.


As a Federation, we follow the blocking sequence from the White Rose Hub through Reception and KS1 and the Maths No Problem text book scheme through KS2, to build children's depth of understanding when teaching each mathematical skill. At the beginning of a Maths lesson, our children are exposed to a mental oral starter, which consolidates previously taught learning. This is to ensure prior knowledge is consistently drawn upon. Our curriculum supports children with ‘bridging the gap’ between concrete representations, pictorial representations and abstract mathematical concepts that they can manipulate and draw up. In addition to this, teachers use the Maths No Problem Text Books and the White Rose Maths Hub Mastery documents to ensure that we have both breadth and depth across our maths curriculum.
Through our maths vision, we are passionate and fully committed to developing a balance between the children’s procedural fluency and a conceptual understanding.



The Maths No Problem mission statement:

“We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We want you to join our mission to build the confidence of the nation’s maths teachers and learners.” Maths No Problem (2016).


What is Maths – No Problem?

Maths — No Problem! is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum. The Maths — No Problem! Primary Series was assessed by the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths — No Problem! Primary Series are recommended textbooks for schools on the mastery programme.



Hang on! Textbooks in Maths?

The school mathematics textbook has a long history and something of a reputation to shake off:

Gown-clad schoolmaster strides into the classroom. ‘Turn to page 68 and proceed!’ then watches hawk-eyed over quaking students.

Even beyond this historical picture, textbooks have often been seen to occupy the less creative side of mathematics teaching. But this is all changing! New textbooks (such as Maths – No Problem!) are adapted from examples used in Singapore, and designed to support a mastery approach to mathematics teaching.


How have the Maths – No Problem! textbooks improved teaching and learning at Foxdell?

Our mastery approach to teaching is by no means achieved solely with a textbook. Rigour and skill characterise our teaching and the Maths – No Problem! approach is at the heart of this. So how has this improved our teaching and learning since we introduced the textbooks in October 2018?


The textbooks are skilfully designed by expert authors. They contain carefully varied questions and examples which:

  • Are easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components
  • Encourage pupils to think about maths
  • Deepen pupils’ understanding and reveal misconceptions

    Lesson structure
  1. Exploration - instead of ‘Let me teach you…’ as a starting point, children are encouraged to explore a problem themselves to see what they already know. At the beginning of each lesson in our school this exploration is referred to as the ‘anchor task’.
  • Structured discussion - the teacher will lead a discussion with the children in order to organise the findings of the exploration, compare/contrast strategies and guide toward the most efficient strategy (or the one being learnt that day).
  • Questions to challenge thinking – teachers use questioning throughout every lesson to check understanding. Children are also encouraged to question each other frequently throughout the lesson; this aids the development of independent learners and deepens their understanding. A variety of questions are used, such as: How do you know? Can you prove it? Are you sure? Is that right? What’s the same/different about? Can you explain that? What does your partner think? Can you imagine? Questions are also used to challenge children who have grasped the concept. Children are expected to listen to each other’s responses and may be asked to explain someone else’s ideas in their own words, or if they agree/disagree etc.
  • Discussion and feedback – pupils have opportunities to talk to their partners and explain/clarify their thinking throughout the lesson, but are expected to complete written work independently (unless working in a guided group with the teacher).

Maths Enigma Hub

The Foxdell Federation has been a part of the Maths Enigma Hub for a number of years now. The programme aims to support schools with the implementation of 'Teaching for Mastery' elements within Maths. Whilst we are still on our Mastery journey, we have seen the benefits of teaching for mastery as both staff and children are growing in confidence, pupils are more able to reason, explain and use a range of resources to support the development of a deeper understanding within the subject. Mastery elements are woven through the Maths curriculum and can be seen embedded within the teaching, learning, assessment cycle.

I am available should you require further help, support or information about mathematics at Foxdell Junior School.

Mr J Philbin

Mathematics Leader



Foxdell has invested in a program to enhance engagement in mathematics.


Mathletics: powering maths learning across the UK and Europe

Mathletics is an engaging, supportive online learning resource - targeted to the various national maths curricula of the UK, from Foundation to Key Stage 5.



Mathletics is an inspiring and engaging online platform for improving and reinforcing maths skills. Mathletics is designed to inspire children with the desire to learn and the confidence to succeed!


• Exciting, global Live Mathletics competition

• Tasks set to encourage independent learning

• Weekly progress emails to monitor progress via the dedicated Parent Centre

• Thousands of adaptive curriculum activities with an animated support centre


Class teachers will set homework for the children using this program.  Children will need to complete the homework before they can access the games on the site.  Children who do not have access to a computer at home can use school computers to complete the work set.

You can get Mathletics on your tablets - both android and iOS.  Follow the links below to download the apps on your tablets!!