Cranham C of E Primary School

Cranham C of E Primary School
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Maths Intent: How we plan for this subject


At Cranham Primary, we follow the Can Do Maths programme. From Early Years through to Year 6, our units follow a cyclical pattern so that children are able to revisit themes and make connections with their previous learning; this allows them to deepen their understanding as they build on prior knowledge.


Teaching that focuses on developing secure and deep understanding, including the use of practical resources and iconic representations, supports the learning and memorisation of mathematical concepts. The teaching of 'rules' and 'tricks' with no understanding and the use of only ‘standard’ examples contribute to learners feeling they 'can't do' maths.

All learners need to believe they can succeed and also believe that their teacher, and parents, believe they can succeed. Adopting a growth mindset is at the heart of a 'Can Do Maths’ approach including the use of 'yet’ and knowing that making mistakes is an essential part of learning. Parents, teachers and the media thinking it's acceptable to use phrases such as 'Don't worry, I can't do maths', 'Maths is too hard', etc all contribute to learners feeling that they 'can't do' maths.

Success comes from hard work. It's as simple as that! Mathematics can be difficult at times but success can be achieved through hard work. Check out the thoughts of Adam Peaty and of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge from the Rio Olympics.

We aim for all pupils to:

+ Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics (see year by year Curriculum Road 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.

EYFS road map


 Year 1 road map


Year 2 road map

Year 3 road map

Year 4 road map

Year 5 road map

Year 6 road map