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Itchen Abbas Primary School


Itchen Abbas is a rural village on the River Itchen about 4 miles north of Winchester. According to the 2011 census, Itchen Abbas has a higher education level than the average for England. The percentage of adults in higher paid, managerial and professional jobs is above average and this manifests into high expectations and ambition for children from their parents. Levels of deprivation are low in the area. 

Modern technology has influenced how parents use maths in everyday life therefore, we are noticing that more children are finding aspects of the curriculum difficult as they may not see these skills applied at home. Examples of these include using electronic devices to calculate instead of using mental methods or using credit or debit cards to pay for items rather than using coins and working out change. We ensure that enough time is dedicated to teach these objectives so that all children have the ability to apply these skills in the wider world and are prepared for future employment. 

At Itchen Abbas, we understand that maths is an essential aspect of everyday life that provides an understanding of the world. Children are taught maths using a mastery-based approach that encourages learning concepts in sequences so that children deepen their knowledge and have a relational understanding of the subject. 

Therefore, our maths curriculum aims to:

  1. Allow all pupils to access the curriculum, with the appropriate challenge and support, in order to become fluent, reason and problem solve. 
  2. Prepare children for everyday experiences by mastering concepts in a variety of ways. 
  3. Show engagement and confidence in lessons, therefore building an enjoyment of the subject throughout the school. 

In Key Stage One, the focus of maths teaching is to ensure that children develop confidence and mental fluency with numbers, counting and place value. They will learn important number facts that will support calculations and begin to record multiplication tables that will be developed in Key Stage Two. Children start to build connections between areas of the curriculum such as multiplication and fractions. 

In Years 3 and 4, our maths teaching focusses on ensuring that children have secured number facts, are confident with calculating using the four operations and develop efficient written and mental methods to calculate with increasingly large whole numbers. They continue to make connections between mathematical domains and can speak about this more confidently. 

In Years 5 and 6, the focus of our maths teaching is enabling children to extend their understanding of the number and place value system as well as be able to select appropriate written or mental methods when calculating. There are able to make further connections between areas of the curriculum and apply these confidently in a range of subjects. 

Our curriculum is influenced by the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. To access the free workbooks to complete at home, visit the link below.

Parent resources | Maths workbooks | White Rose Maths

Maths Intent, Implementation and Impact

Maths Calculation Policy

Maths Fractions Policy

Useful information and tips for the multiplication tables check