Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. The national curriculum for maths aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics 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


At Windermere our teaching of maths encourages fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, the ability to use mathematical reasoning and to solve problems using maths. Details of the specific attainment requirements for each year group can be found in the National Curriculum Framework.


The school uses Herts Essentials for Maths to support the delivery of the mathematics curriculum. This suite encourages fluency and a deeper understanding of mathematical algorithms to ensure that pupils are able to apply this understanding as they begin to tackle more complex mathematical reasoning. Pupils have access to a wide range of resources which they can use to support their understanding and show a deeper understanding of a concept.  Alongside daily maths lessons, teachers spend time on daily fluency sessions. These reactivate, reinforce and revise key learning to ensure pupils retain prior teaching and are able to apply fundamental facts quickly and accurately.  Alongside fluency, there is a clear focus on the use of games to support and develop mathematical thinking and reasoning.  Teachers use a gaming matrix to match carefully designed maths games which can be played in the classroom as well as at home.

Year 1 mathematics overview
Year 2 mathematics overview
Year 3 mathematics overview
Year 4 mathematics overview
Year 5 mathematics overview
Year 6 mathematics overview