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.


We base our maths curriculum on the White Rose Maths scheme and resources to support the children's learning. We believe that our highly structured approach to teaching Maths deepens the understanding of all children.


Each lesson is based around an ‘anchor task’ which the children explore using different methods. The children are encouraged to talk about their maths and explore their ideas fully. This may be very different to the way in which you were taught yourself.


Maths curriculum overview



Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term


  • Match, sort and compare
  • Talk about measure and patterns
  • It’s me 1,2,3
  • Circles and triangles
  • 1,2,3,4,5
  • Shapes with 4 sides
  • Alive in 5 (1 more/less)
  • Mass and capacity
  • Growing 6,7,8
  • Length height and time
  • Building 9 and 10
  • Explore 3D shapes
  • To 20 and beyond
  • How many now? (adding / take away)
  • Manipulate, compose and decompose shapes
  • Sharing and grouping
  • Visualise, build and map (patterns, positions, models)
  • Make connections


Year 1

  • Place value (within 10)
  • Addition and subtraction (within 10)
  • Shape
  • Place value (within 20
  • Addition and subtraction (within 20)
  • Place value (within 50)
  • Length and height
  • Mass and volume
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Position and direction
  • Money
  • Time


Year 2

  • Place value (up to 100)
  • Addition and subtraction bonds to 10 and 100
  • shape
  • Money (notes and coins)
  • Multiplication and division (grouping and sharing, 5x and 10x)
  • Length and height
  • Mass, capacity and temperature


  • Fractions (quarters, thirds)
  • Time (hours, minutes)
  • Statistics (pictograms and tally charts)
  • Position and direction

Year 3

  • Place value (to 1000)
  • Addition and subtraction (2- and 3- digit numbers)
  • Multiplication and division (2, 3, 4, 8)
  • Multiplication and division (2-digit x 1-digit)
  • Length and perimeter
  • Fractions (ordering)
  • Mass and capacity (measure and compare)
  • Fractions (add and subtract)
  • Money (finding change)
  • Time (telling, digital, duration)
  • Shape (angles, 3D)
  • Statistics (bar charts, data)


Year 4

  • Place value (to 10,000)
  • Addition and subtraction (4 digits)
  • Measures (Area)
  • Multiplication and division (3s, 6s, 7s, 9s, 11s, 12s)
  • Multiplication and division (up to 3 digits)
  • Measures (Length and perimeter)
  • Fractions (mixed numbers, improper fractions)
  • Decimals (tenths, hundredths)


  • Decimals (comparing)
  • Money (converting, calculating)
  • Shape (polygons, symmetry)
  • Statistics (line graphs)
  • Position and direction (coordinates)

Year 5

  • Place value (to 1,000,000)
  • Addition and subtraction (multi-step problems)
  • Multiplication and division (multiples, factors, prime, square, cube)
  • Fractions (convert, compare, add, subtract)
  • Multiplication and division (4 digits)
  • Fractions (calculations)
  • Decimals and percentages (comparing fractions, decimals and percentages)
  • Perimeter and area (compound shapes)
  • Statistics (graphs and tables)
  • Shape (calculate angles, polygons)
  • Position and direction (coordinates, translation, reflection)
  • Decimals (adding and subtracting / multiply and divide)
  • Negative numbers
  • Converting units (kg, km, mm, time, imperial units)
  • Volume (capacity cm3)


Year 6

  • Place value (to 10,000,000)
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (incl long division)
  • Fractions
  • Measures (converting units)
  • Ratio, scale, proportion
  • Algebra
  • Decimals (multiply and divide in context)
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Area, perimeter and volume
  • Statistics
  • Shape (angles, circles, 3D)
  • Position and direction (four quadrants)
  • Themed projects, consolidation and problem solving.

Maths at home

The links and videos below will give you ideas about how you are able to support your child's learning in a fun way at home. By giving your children the sort of support suggested below, you will enable the children to link their learning to real experiences, making it easier for them to understand their maths. By sharing time with them, you will enrich the children with improved mathematical language, making it easier for them to understand new concepts. 

Outdoor learning: discovery walks

Develop early counting skills, make patterns, or practice times tables outdoors

Outdoor learning: wild numbers and letters

Explore ways to create numbers and letters outdoors.