Teaching Maths at Tavistock Primary and Nursery School

When teaching mathematics at Tavistock Primary, we intend to provide a rich and varied curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and gives them the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in phase of education and then to prepare them for a successful working life.

Our curriculum design closely follows the map set out by the NCETM prioritisation document. Along with excellent planning, reaching and assessment provide by our aspirational teachers. children are supported to make valuable connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of children will move through the National Curriculum’s Programmes of Study at broadly the same pace. However, decision about when to progress should always be based on the security of the children’s understanding in varied contexts before going deeper within the mathematical concept. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

Children are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their thinking in a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract forms. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience, perseverance and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating how mathematics is used in everyday lives.


Curriculum maps can be found below. In the 2023-24 school year we have mixed age classes for Reception and Y1 and for Year 4 and Year 5. 


At Tavistock Primary and Nursery School we work hard to ensure our practice is inclusive of all children and that every child receives quality maths teaching. See our document on Inclusion in Maths for details of some of the ways in which we do this.