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Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Through our maths curriculum at Queen Edith, we provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

  • In line with the national curriculum for mathematics, by the time they leave us to move onto secondary school, we want all children to:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, developing both conceptual understanding and the ability to recall knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • learn to reason and use mathematical language
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics, persevering in seeking solutions

Yearly Overview

Our mathematics teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2 is based upon the National Curriculum – Mathematics – Programmes of Study document. This covers the full range of mathematics taught at primary school: number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions (including decimals and percentages), ratio and proportion, algebra, measurement, geometry (shape, position and direction) and statistics (tables, charts and graphs). The termly progression within each year group at Queen Edith is set out in the following documents:

For more information please click on the link to view our Maths Policy on our Policies page.

In Reception, mathematics is linked to the Early Learning Goals outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework, providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their mathematical skills. The prime areas of Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and strengthened and applied in the specific area of mathematics. Children are supported to enable them to count reliably, place numbers in order and say which number is one more or less than a given number; children count on and back to add and subtract small numbers and solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. Children also talk about size, weight and other measures using everyday language; they recognise, create and describe patterns, and explore objects and shapes using mathematical language.

Mathematical Challenges

Children at Queen Edith have many opportunities to challenge themselves mathematically, whether working with a Stimulus student from Cambridge University, competing against children from other schools, or just trying to beat the high scores in maths games. Each year, many of the Later Years children sit the Mathematical Association Primary Maths Challenge Paper, with some progressing to the Bonus Round. Recently, a team of children won the regional heat of the Cambridgeshire Year 5 Mathematics Challenge and went on to compete in the final held at the Duxford Imperial War Museum. Queen Edith also hosts one of the Maths Net masterclasses for children from schools around Cambridge.

Information and Resources for Parents

The Queens’ Federation Maths Calculation Policy describes the progression in the methods of calculation taught within the Federation, particularly relating to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages.

On the National Numeracy website you can find a wealth of ideas for ways in which you can support your child’s maths at home.

Examples Of Learning

Year 1 have been learning the difference between capacity and volume. We worked as a team to pour water and label cups with words and phrases like ‘nearly empty’ and ‘more than half full’.

In our Maths lessons, Year 2 have been getting to grips with all sorts of measuring. We have been finding out about different units of measure as well as which tools are best for which measuring jobs. We also found out that you have to be very accurate and careful and always start from zero!

Children from Year 3 have combined learning maths with our pirate-themed production to produce treasure chests. The 3D shape of a treasure chest is a cuboid, so we cut out a net, then folded and glued the flaps carefully. We decorated our cuboids to look like treasure chests.

In Maths Year 6 have been revising our knowledge of number in anticipation of our tests (shh!) coming up. This week, Miss Thurston’s group had to fit a jigsaw puzzle together with answers and use their brains to work out different calculations.


In Year 4, we have been learning about decimals. When you multiply a number by 10, you move all the digits one place to the left. When you divide a number by 10, you move all the digits one place to the right. We learned that if a digit in the ones column moves to the right, it goes into the tenths column, after the decimal point. Notice how the decimal point has a chair to sit on; that’s because it never moves!


Year 4 St Faith’s Maths Challenge

Four mathematicians from Year 4 travelled to St Faith’s School for the annual Maths Challenge, competing against children from 30 other schools. In teams of two, they had to do rapid mental addition, find the next number in sequences, make 24 using given numbers, and other fun challenges. Both teams did really well and were excellent representatives of our school!