Maths at J H Godwin


The maths curriculum at J H Godwin is designed to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives. All children are given opportunities to reason and problem solve at the appropriate level to ensure that we develop confident and inquisitive learners. Vocabulary and mathematical terminology are at the heart of our maths curriculum as we recognise that developing children’s mathematical ideas and explanations are key to mastering a concept.  Through linking our curriculum objectives to real life contexts, our pupils understand the importance of mathematics, are encouraged to be confident in numeracy and to apply the skills that they learn to simple problem solving.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace, and it is this inclusive approach which means pupils are provided with the support and scaffolding they need to access the mathematics curriculum. However, decisions about when to progress are based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, through additional practice, before moving on. We encourage an inclusive environment with all of our curriculum and ensure all pupils, including those most vulnerable and those who are disadvantaged, have the opportunity to access the full and broad curriculum through carefully planned support and scaffolding as required.


By the end of EYFS, children will be able to count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they can add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


By the end of KS1, children will be able to partition two-digit numbers, add and subtract 2 two-digit numbers within 100 and can demonstrate their method using concrete apparatus or pictorial representations. They can recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. Children will be beginning to use this knowledge to solve missing number problems.


By the end of KS2, children will be have an understanding of place value, including large numbers and decimals and can calculate mentally, using efficient strategies. They can recall and use multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Using formal methods, children can solve multi-step problems set in a real-life context. Using estimation, children recognise whether their answers to a calculation are reasonable.


How do we teach maths at J H Godwin?


At J H Godwin, we embrace the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics to ensure that all learning is built upon a strong foundation of number understanding. We have an ethos of 'Everyone can succeed in maths!' Teachers reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.To ensure whole consistency and progression, the school uses the DfE approved ‘Power Maths’ scheme. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Lessons are also enhanced using other high quality resources such as White Rose and the NCETM Teaching for Mastery documents. Maths is not taught discretely and we use cross curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency.

We develop childrens' competency by following an approach of:

Concrete learning - Children are given the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial learning - Alongside working concretely, children also use picture representations. These can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract learning - Using both concrete and pictorial representations, the children can now access and understand abstract methods.


What does a J H Godwin maths lesson look like?


We follow a consistent structure for our maths lessons at J H Godwin:

1. Warm up - This focuses on gaining fluency in vital number facts, freeing up working memory to avoid cognitive overload.

2. Discover and share - The children then move on to a 'discover' activity which presents a problem in a relatable context. This aims to stimulate children's curiosity. They are encouraged to see maths in the images presented, describe it and ask questions, making connections with other topics in they can. They work on the activity with their 'Maths Buddy' and can use concrete manipulatives to model and explain their ideas. Children then share their ideas in a whole class discussion.

3. Think together - The children then move on to some guided practice. Throughout this section of the lesson, the questions become gradually less structured and support children in making generalisations. Teachers use an 'I do - we do - you do' approach to work through these questions. 

4. Practice - The children then complete some independent practice with questions that, through procedural variation, develop their fluency. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. 

5. Reflect - At the end of the lesson, there is time for the children mark and reflect on their learning - helping to develop their reasoning and metacogntion skills.



In Foundation Stage, pupils are taught and assessed using the Early Learning Goals: Number and Numerical patterns. Using Learning Book, progress is tracked, recorded and shared with parents throughout the year.

Click here to see an EYFS Power Maths Yearly Overview


Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools in England were due to administer an online multiplication tables check to year 4 pupils. The purpose of the multiplication tables check is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. To support the children with their multiplication practice we use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ as an online and fun learning platform which also offer resources to be used in the classroom.


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J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Headteacher: Mrs L Cartledge

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666

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