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MillbrookPrimary School

"Believe Achieve Succeed"


'Believe Achieve Succeed'


Being a Mathematician



Maths is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of maths, through varied fluency and frequent practise so that they can solve increasingly complex problems through reasoning and problem solving. At Millbrook, sequence of learning, fluency, reasoning and problem solving are at the heart of learning journeys in Maths. While some lessons may feature all three components, others may be entirely dedicated to just one of the three. We believe it is important for children to understand the difference between the three, so each activity is labelled clearly in children’s books.


“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein


The intent of our Maths curriculum


Our intent for the maths curriculum is to ensure that all children:

  • 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 Millbrook Primary School, our expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. At Millbrook, we believe that everyone can achieve in Maths and that all pupils should experience the awe, wonder and relevance of Maths.

We follow the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work (from Years 1 – 6) which follows the National Curriculum objective in units, ranging between one and five weeks per topic, allowing for a slower and deeper approach across a sequence of lessons. Its rationale is to `focus on principle-led excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Children are therefore given more time and opportunity to dive deeply into each area of Maths; once they understand a new concept, we encourage them to apply their understanding to contextual problems or to prove or disprove a mathematical idea. They may be asked to represent a number or calculation in different ways. Kangaroo Maths supports teachers in providing an engaging and enjoyable curriculum.