Our curriculum provides children with concrete and pictorial experiences before moving onto more abstract concepts.  Teachers carefully plan fun and engaging lessons tailored to meet the needs of the pupils in their class based on daily assessments of children’s understanding and progress. They ensure they foster a love for maths and its purpose in the wider world.  We want children to become confident calculators and ensure new concepts are covered in depth.  

We encourage children to develop a secure understanding of place value and number in order for them to spot patterns and relationships when faced with new problems and reasoning challenges.

The aims of our maths curriculum are to:

  • ensure all children enjoy, are engaged and have a positive attitude towards maths
  • provide children with hands on, concrete experiences to enable them to reason and solve problems
  • develop children’s number fluency to allow them to have quick recall of key number facts in a range of situations
  • make links to real life problems, understanding the purpose behind the maths

Children participate in daily Maths lessons. They also benefit from our shorter ‘Number Time’ sessions which focus on developing number fluency and the rapid recall of number facts - we have found that these sessions have a positive impact upon the progress of pupils.

Working with Parents and Carers

Here at Shelton Infant School we take every opportunity to involve parents and carers in their child’s maths learning journey.  We encourage parents and carers to participate in the following events:-

  • Observing and supporting their child in a Maths lesson in school so that they can see first-hand the structure of the daily maths lesson and the concepts and skills being taught.
  • Attending a ‘Snack and Solve’ afternoon with their child and working together to solve range of problem solving and reasoning activities with the reward of packets of school biscuits once all activities have been completed.
  • Learning how to support their child at home by attending a calculation workshop in school.

Parents tell us that they value these opportunities to some into school:-

“Interactive and fun session – a wonderful way to spend some learning time with my child – all activities were engaging and gave ideas as to how you could do these at home.”

“Fantastic session working through maths challenges – a lovely opportunity to see how maths is being taught in school. Great interactive learning whilst having fun.”


Please click here to see our termly assessment grids for Maths which inform our half-termly and weekly plans.

 If you would like to know how to support your child at home please click here to see our calculations policy.


Should you require any further information about Maths in school please contact Charlotte Brierley, our Maths Leader, who will be pleased to speak with you.

Contact details

Carlton Avenue, Shelton Lock, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 9EJ

01332 700 353