Borrowdale CE Primary School
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Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary in most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and a see of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


At Borrowdale we encourage our pupils to see mathematics as a creative subject which can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder. We believe that in an age of rapidly developing technology, confidence and an understanding of mathematical concepts are more important. Therefore mathematical thinking equips our pupils better for their future than merely learning technique.


We teach mathematics so that children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to solve problems.
  • 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.


The programmes of study are organised in a distinct sequence and structured into separate domains. Pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Mathematics is also taught in the context of of other subjects across the curriculum, in particular Science, Geography, History and Computing.