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"A high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment of curiosity about the subject."

The National Curriculum in England 2014


At Crawley Ridge Infants we believe that mathematics is a key life skill which equips pupils with a powerful set of tools with which to understand the world.  We want mathematics to be a subject which children enjoy and are excited by.  We aim for our children to develop a love and curiosity about mathematics and a confidence that sets them up as they continue their educational journey. 

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools).

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that pupils...

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


At Crawley Ridge Infants we have adopted the mastery approach to maths.  We follow the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning.


Children engage well with maths across the school.  They reason, talk about and explain the maths that they are doing and they are aware that just “knowing the answer” is not enough. "Maths talk” has become an integral part of the teaching in maths.  Most children achieve well in maths and number of children achieving at the Expected standard and above in maths at the end of Key Stage One is well above the national average.