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Curriculum overview


Belief + Hard Work + Understanding = Success

Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the World. We want all pupils at Lakefield to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject.

At Lakefield, we foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes, believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content.

Curriculum Intent: Skills

We aim for all pupils to:

+ Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics (see Year by Year Curriculum Maps) so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

+ Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.

+ Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

+ Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately.



Each class has a daily mathematics lesson lasting 45 minutes which includes learning together, support and challenge.

Each class has a daily maths on track meeting to ensure the children keep up.  This is normally 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm in the infant classes and 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm in the junior classes.  These sessions include deliberate and sustained practice which includes aritmetic, intervention and practice elements..

The lessons are designed in the following way:

  • Everyone starts the lesson together
  • Everyone practises together
  • Everyone has a go on thier own (do it)
  • Everyone has a go on their own at what it is not (Twist it)
  • Everyone has a go on thier own at solving problems (solve it)
  • Everyone comes back together to review (review it)

MOT’s (Maths On Track) revisit previously taught arithmetic, challenge with extra problem solving, practice current unit and for support through intervention.

All staff have access to Buzzard publishing site, where they can watch subject expertise videos on every unit they teach, use knowledge organisers to look at progression of visual representations across the year groups.


A ‘can do’ attitude in children.

Children challenging themselves, getting to different stages of a lesson in different units.

Children making good progress, evidence of interventions. Staff and children to use the language associated with the approach – do it, twist it, solve it, MOT.

Children will have developed their explanation skills in mathematics.

knowledge organiser

What is a ‘Knowledge Organiser’?

A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for a Unit of work: each one identifies the key information that children can refer to in lessons for a particular Unit of work, and it also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge for life-long learning.

How do they help children?

They provide the essential knowledge that children need to cover in the Unit, shared at the beginning so children know what they are going to be learning.
Knowledge Organisers help them to remember key dates, key people, key events, vocabulary and definitions and key concepts.
They can be used as a fun assessment tool to help remember the Units.
They improve their ability to remember.
Knowledge Organisers help them to develop other skills - e.g. when writing a nonfiction report, if they already have the knowledge they can focus on the writing skills.

How do they help parents?

Parents will have a better understanding of what the children are learning. They will allow parents to build on their knowledge at home and provide an easy tool for parents to quiz children at home (and children to quiz parents!)

The Knowledge Organisers are used to support the delivery of the curriculum and contain a list of technical vocabulary with definitions. Each organiser also has an accompanying quiz, which is regularly taken by the children in school to help children recall the key knowledge from each Unit of work.

Examples of the Knowledge Organisers can be seen to the right.

knowledge organiser examples

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