West Huntspill Academy, New Road, West Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3QE
Tel: 01278 783842
East Huntspill Academy, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PT
Tel: 01278 782453

west@thpa.theplt.org.uk / east@thpa.theplt.org.uk

The Huntspill Primary Academies

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The Huntspill Primary Academies Intention for Maths


At The Huntspill Primary Academies we want all pupils to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding of the concepts taught.

We have chosen to use the White Rose Maths Mastery planning documents as the main support for our teaching of Maths, which offers a small steps approach to learning the main concepts. As our classes are mixed age ranges, teachers use the mixed age planning documents and their professional judgement when planning using White Rose and link concepts and strategies as appropriate to their year groups. Lessons are planned using a sequence of connected lessons which develop the use of manipulatives and representations which will lead the children through a concrete- pictorial-abstract approach to understanding the key mathematical concepts. As a Federation, we use a range of manipulatives in all year groups to provide all children with the opportunity to practically develop their number concepts and skills. When children are confident with these skills and concepts we move towards pictorial and abstract representations.

We aim for all pupils to

  • Become confident with Maths strategies, making links between the concepts that they learn.
  • Develop their abilities with greater skill when talking about their mathematical thinking and reason with confidence, using vocabulary correctly to show a good understanding of their learning.
  • Problem solve with independence and resilience and use new and existing skills.
  • Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which will enable mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.

“Our aim is to develop a deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical skills, knowledge and vocabulary through a ‘mastery’ approach to maths.”


Children are given opportunities to develop their skills during daily, hour long maths lessons which include fluency, problem solving and reasoning aspects. Teachers use a range of resources in daily lessons to support all children’s development of fluency using the four operations.

In KS1 children will be taught to develop fluency during maths lessons but will also have daily planned fluency sessions (Mini Maths sessions) lasting 10 minutes which will develop children’s recall of the main number facts. Fluency will include using whole numbers, place value and counting. The children will be taught to use the four operations using manipulatives and concrete materials before moving towards pictorial and abstract approaches. Fluency of times table facts using a range of practises will also be developed during 10 minute sessions outside of the main maths lesson. Children will develop the early stages of reasoning by talking about their practises in Maths using key vocabulary and using concrete materials, leading to pictorial representations. They will be able to recognise, compare and describe shapes and will experience a range of measure activities.

Top up sessions will be used daily, as necessary, to immediately tackle misconceptions and consolidate learning if concepts are not understood.

In KS2 children will develop fluency of the four operations and times table facts through daily sessions of 15 minutes which are separate to the main hour long maths session. They will be taught efficient formal written methods to accurately perform calculations using all four operations and with increasingly larger numbers (including decimals). They will be able to draw on skills using their knowledge and understanding of the concrete-pictorial-abstract approaches. Children will be taught to solve a wide range of problems involving fractions, percentages, ratio and decimals using a range of approaches. Children will classify and use the vocabulary of shape when comparing them. Children will be taught to develop mathematical reasoning skills using correct vocabulary to enable them to confidently describe and analyse the relationships between numbers.

Top up sessions will be used daily, as necessary, to immediately tackle misconceptions and consolidate learning if concepts are not understood.


By the end of KS1, children will be able to confidently recall number bonds to 20, multiplication facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables and will show a good understanding of place value. They will have a solid understanding of the four operations and be able to reason and problem solve in a variety of contexts.

By the end of KS2 children will be fluent in the fundamentals of maths including written methods for all four operations. They will draw upon their own skills and knowledge using the concrete-pictorial-abstract model and they will be able to use algebra as a means of solving a range of problems. Children will reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.


Maths Coverage across The Huntspill Primary Academies

Across The Huntspill Primary Academies we use White Rose Mastery Maths Guidance to support our teaching of Maths. 


Calculation Policy

We use the White Rose Calculation guidance to support a CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach which we are currently embedding into our teaching. This will support the children with learning new concepts and will support the development of their reasoning and problem solving skills. 


Click here to link to the White Rose Calculation Policy and the schemes of learning for each year group