Maths is an essential part of our everyday lives. Therefore, at Cherry Garden Primary School, our maths curriculum is designed to develop our pupils’ problem solving and reasoning skills as well as building their ability to think logically and systematically. All children are supported and challenged throughout every maths lesson and we are committed to developing the pupils’ curiosity about mathematical concepts outside of these lessons too. New mathematical concepts are introduced and embedded using the ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach, which allows all children to explore, understand and use these concepts thoroughly before applying to a variety of problems. Arithmetic and basic maths skills are practised daily to enhance fluency and develop children’s ability to make connections to other areas of the maths curriculum.


CPA Approach

Place Value Counters | Early Years Resources  


Using physical objects to solve maths problems


Using drawing and models to solve maths problems


Solving maths problems using numbers only




Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. Within this curriculum, the children will explore number and numerical patterns. For more information please go to out EYFS page (insert link).


Children in Years 1 to 6 are taught a daily mathematics lesson. The curriculum is designed to enable children to work confidently with a range of mathematical concepts. The learning content is arranged into the following areas:

            • Number and place value
            • Addition and subtraction
            • Multiplication and division
            • Fractions (including decimals from Year 4 onwards)
            • Measurement
            • Geometry
            • Statistics (from Year 2 onwards)
            • Ratio and proportion (Year 6 only)
            • Algebra (Year 6 only)

If you would like more information about the way maths is taught please speak with your child's class teacher or our maths leader, Mrs Durber. The Cherry Garden Way for Maths also details much of htis information.


Mathematics Objectives for Each Year Group

 Year 1 Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5 Year 6


The mathematics curriculum does not stand in isolation and teachers seek out opportunities for children to apply their knowledge in real life contexts and across other areas of the curriculum. For example, cooking provides many opportunities for children to measure whilst a science investigation will allow them to record and present statistics.

Calculation Policy

The school use ‘White Rose Schemes of Learning’ to inform the teaching sequence and approach, planning and resourcing. Resources from other sources are also utilised where teachers see fit and where they match the learning taking place. Teachers will adapt resources to meet the needs of the children. Please see below the White Rose calculation policy that we use to ensure that these mathematical concepts are taught in a consistent and progressive way across the school (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division


Times Tables

To support the learning, understanding and recall of times tables, every child (from years 2-6) has their own individual Times Tables Rockstars account. This is a fun and engaging way for children to practise their tables in school and at home. Please use this link to log in to your child’s account.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

The multiplication times table check (MTC), which was introduced in academic year 2021/22, is a statutory test that Year 4 pupils take in the Summer term. Under the National Curriculum, it is expected that children know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

For more details about this check and how to support at home, please see the letter below for academic year 23/24.