At Marlborough Primary School, our maths teaching is underpinned by a mastery approach, with our vision being that all children can achieve in maths. The mastery approach builds confidence and encourages children to deepen their learning of key concepts through mathematical structures and representations.


Our aim is for children to be confident mathematicians that can reason and solve maths problems in a variety of contexts, use a range of methods with accuracy and explain their understanding.

In Early Years, we use the Early Learning Goals to guide our maths teaching which focuses on learning through practical activities and real objects. As children progress through the school, they continue to explore maths through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations as a way of embedding their understanding of key concepts.

A calculation policy ensures that children build up their understanding through small, logical steps and that there is progression across the school. On a daily basis, through our mastery model, children are encouraged to verbalise and explain their knowledge of a concept using maths vocabulary. We enrich the maths learning at Marlborough through ‘explore’ tasks which challenge our children’s mathematical thinking.

In addition to our daily maths lessons, children develop their fluency through regular ‘maths meetings’, which are focused class interventions tailored to target key areas of maths and improve fluency.