Maths at Old Moat

At Old Moat Primary School we believe that maths is a tool for everyday living. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.  It also provides materials and means for creating new imaginative world to explore.

Our approach to the teaching of maths with our school is based on four key principles: -

  1. A maths lesson every day.
  2. A clear focus on direct, instructional teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and group.
  3. An emphasis on mental calculation, number, times tables and number facts/compliments.
  4. An opportunity for investigation.

Each class organises a daily lesson of between 45 and 60 minutes for maths and it is our aim to develop with our children: -

  • A positive attitude towards maths and an awareness of the fascination of maths.
  • Competence and confidence in maths knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • An ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and work systematically and accurately.
  • Curiosity, initiative, and an ability to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
  • An ability to share their findings and communicate it to others.
  • A willingness and ability to use and apply maths across the curriculum and in real life.
  • An understanding of maths through a process of enquiry and experiment.

The Maths curriculum

We carefully plan and prepare our maths to make sure that all children are given opportunities for: -

  • Practical activities and maths games.
  • Problem solving.
  • Individual, group and whole class discussion and activities
  • Open and closed tasks
  • A range of methods of calculating e.g.  Mental, pencil and paper, in addition to using a calculator.
  • Working with computers as a mathematical tool.

Maths across the curriculum 

Opportunities exist to extend and promote maths throughout the whole curriculum and we extend maths through the ‘Big Question’.


"Pupils achieve well because all staff have high aspirations for pupils to succeed."