Smallwood Primary School and
Language Unit



Here at Smallwood, we are passionate about maths and for the high quality teaching and learning of mathematics.

Every day, your child takes part in a variety of maths learning opportunities.

Our maths lessons are carefully designed to ensure that every child achieves well and is challenged to think critically about their learning.  We also do our best to engage our pupils through stimulating games, fun challenges and thought-provoking activities which relate to your child’s everyday life.

We believe that every child can succeed in maths and we aim to instil this belief in the children themselves.  

We are the very beginning of the journey of implementing the principles of Teaching for Mastery, a product of extensive research into the highly successful teaching practice in Singapore and Shanghai.  A whole class teaching approach is adopted, keeping the class working together, with no acceleration to new content. This is to avoid superficial, surface learning and foster a deep, secure understanding of all the concepts taught. The learning needs of every child are addressed through skilful questioning and appropriate intervention – this provides the necessary scaffolding or challenge for all. 

Many parents will find that the way maths is taught now is very different from their own experience. If there are aspects of maths you would like to know more about, please try to attend one of our parent workshops, discuss with your child’s teacher or chat with me before or after school.

If ever you have any queries or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We love maths and we want you to love it too!

Many Thanks

Mr Amit Patel
Assistant Headteacher
Maths Subject Lead

At Smallwood Primary, our expectation is that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.

In order for this to happen, we will teach the children step by step to ensure that they develop conceptual understanding along with procedural fluency.

One of the aims of the National Curriculum is that children become fluent in mathematics. Fluency comes from deep knowledge and practice. The ability to recall facts and manipulate them to work out other facts is important. 

The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions