Maths at JHG


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 is 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.


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. Our teachers ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day following the White Rose Mastery Scheme, White Rose small steps document and 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.


Click here to see the White Rose progressive scheme of work.


What does a maths lesson look like?


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

1. Grapple - the children independently solve a problem linked to the learning objective.

2. Collaborate - they then have time to share their ideas and strategies for problem solving with their maths partner.

3. Model - children work through a cycle of modelling: teacher explicitly modelling, teacher verbally guiding, partner guiding and an independent task.

4. Task - the children then use their new learning to complete an independent task, with further challenges available for children who demonstrate mastery of the objective.

5. Reflection - at the end of the lesson, there is time for the children mark and assess their work using our marking carousel.



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 for the autumn White Rose Foundation schemes

Click here for the spring White Rose Foundation schemes

Click here for the summer White Rose Foundation schemes

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J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Headteacher: Mrs Nic Wetton

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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