At Uplands Infant School, our maths curriculum has been designed to empower our children to be confident mathematicians with a sense of enjoyment and fascination for the subject and how it underpins our daily lives. We teach for mastery which means that our children progress through content together whilst developing a deep understanding of how to solve increasingly complex problems, fluently apply knowledge and reason mathematically using precise vocabulary.

Through cognitive research, we have designed our maths curriculum to aid long term retention. Our curriculum sets out a clear breadth of study for each year group and the criteria for progression within each area of mathematics.

Our key maths concepts are: know and use numbers, add and subtract, multiply and divide, use fractions, understand the properties of shapes, describe position, direction and movement, use measures and use statistics. These concepts are revisited so that children are able to return to the same concepts over and over so that they gradually embed and deepen their mathematical knowledge in a range of meaningful contexts.

Our teaching of maths combines discrete, whole class maths lessons with opportunities for children to apply their mathematical thinking to real life contexts in our continuous provision and throughout our school day so that connections can be reinforced. We use small steps in our whole class learning and responsive same day targeted intervention to ensure that our children have equal opportunities to progress and achieve. Our key mathematical concepts are revisited within the year group and built upon across the key stages to ensure progression and to enable children to build upon their maths schema and therefore move learning from working into long term memory. Children build upon previously taught knowledge both within and across year groups.

The key maths concepts underpin learning in each term. This enables our pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.

We use Power Maths as a tool to support teaching for mastery in Reception and Key Stage One.

The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each term, the vast majority of children have sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it; some children have a greater depth of understanding. We track carefully to ensure our children reach the expectations of our curriculum through ongoing formative assessment, termly summative assessments and our Symphony Assessment System for maths. Our assessment principles enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.

Places to visit

Spinney Hill Park
Mere Rd, Leicester LE5 5BP
(or your local park and surrounding area)

  • talk about seasonal changes
  • look for patterns and shapes e.g. in play equipment, paths
  • use prepositional language e.g. over, under
  • spot number patterns e.g. door numbers
  • count objects e.g. How many birds can you see?

Abbey Pumping Station Museum of Science and Technology
Corporation Rd, Leicester LE4 5PX

The National Space Centre
Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

Books to read
  • 5 Little Penguins by Marcin Piwowarski and Sally Hopgood
  • Quack and Count by Keith Baker
  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson
  • One Gorilla by Anthony Browne
  • Ten Little Pirates by Michael Brownlow
  • Ten Little Princesses by Michael Brownlow
  • Ten Apples up on Top by Dr Seuss
  • Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne
  • One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Sayre and Jeff Sayre
  • How Many Legs? by Kes Gray
  • Centipede’s 100 Shoes by Tony Ross
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental
  • How Much is a Million? by David M Schwartz

Songs and rhymes:

  • 3 Jelly Fish
  • 5 Little Ducks
  • Dobi Aya
  • 12345
  • 1,2 Buckle my Shoe
  • 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • 5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Trees
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • This Old Man
  • 5 Currant Buns
  • 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer
  • 10 in the Bed
  • 10 Green Bottles
  • 10 Fat Sausages