Claremont Primary and Nursery School

A Brighter Future for Everyone


At Claremont Primary School the intent is for our maths teaching to enable each child to develop their learning and achieve their full potential. We believe that all children have the right to ‘think deeply about maths’. The focus upon understanding number fluency and number sense enables our children to apply their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving activities. We aim to increase pupil confidence by instilling the message that ‘Everyone can do Maths’. Our lessons encourage enthusiasm and a genuine fascination towards the subject. We have a consistent focus to allow children to express themselves using the language of mathematics with assurance.


Early Years

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we teach mathematics based on the “Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)” document alongside the Early Number Sense approach to teaching Mathematics.

The principles of Early Number Sense are:

  1. A belief that the vast majority of children can succeed.
  2. Mathematics is taught together in mixed ability groups, with no differentiation by acceleration to new content.
  3. Discussion of cleverly constructed tasks promotes reasoning and deeper understanding.
  4. Precise use of mathematical language.
  5. Frequent additional practise outside the classroom is encouraged. 


In F1 and F2 we follow the Early Number Sense approach, based on the 3C’s which are:


Having a feel for the relative sizes of numbers; putting numbers in order and estimating.


Knowing the number names in order, forwards and backwards; understanding how to count objects, events or actions.


Understanding how each number can be made up in different ways.


Key Stages 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2, we use the White Rose Schemes of Learning and teach following the principles of a mastery approach to learning. Teachers adapt the materials so that the learning is bespoke for their class. There is a focus upon using manipulatives throughout each key stage to deepen understanding of the abstract.


Number Fact Fluency

In addition to the daily maths lessons, children in Year 1 also take part in a weekly number fluency session. The aims of this are to improve pupils' fluency with the additive facts that support all calculation involving addition and subtraction, in order to develop their mathematical literacy. Please see the programme outline attached for more information:


Children in Years 2-6 have a weekly arithmetic lesson that develops their knowledge of number fluency and number sense. 


Times Tables Rock Stars

Children in Years 2-6 have a log in for TTRS which can be used both at school and home. The teachers set up the times tables focus and they monitor and adapt it throughout the year.