At The Coombes, we feel that it's important that maths is seen not just as a discrete subject, but as something that children should expect to use on a daily basis for real-life purposes.

Maths Parent Workshop - November 2021

Please click on the links below to download resources that were shared during the maths workshop for parents.

Maths Parent Workshop Presentation Slides

Coombes Calculation Guidance

Coombes Shape Glossary

Mathematics at The Coombes

“Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

Shakuntala Devi, Indian writer known as 'the Human Computer'


At The Coombes, we feel that it's important that maths is seen not just as a discrete subject, but as something that children should expect to use on a daily basis for real-life purposes. Our vision for mathematics is for children to develop as inspired, curious mathematicians, who will investigate and endeavour to resolve unforeseen, real life challenges. Although mathematics is about so much more than just numbers and rules, we believe that children should hold a firm foundational knowledge of mathematical concepts in order to be confident natural mathematicians. In this way, we will prepare our children for their future learning and life-long careers. Mathematics is a language used to express connected ideas, which we see as patterns in the world around us, in nature, music, science and technology. It is this wonder that we seek to inspire in all of our children at The Coombes.


At The Coombes we:

  • Follow the National Curriculum delivered in daily maths lessons in mixed attainment classes. This has been broken down into year group threshold concepts and objectives are then mapped onto year group curriculum breadth maps.
  • Use Abacus as a scheme to support the planning of maths lessons; supplemented with additional materials such as the White Rose Maths Hub resources to further challenge children's learning and thinking.
  • Aim for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through the use of concrete resources, progressing to pictorial models and then abstract methods of working.
  • Develop our mathematical oracy expertise using sentence stems and focussing in on the understanding of relevant mathematical words and terminology.
  • Teach calculation methods, which are taught in line with the school's 'Calculation Best Practice Guidance'.
  • Teach problem solving, encouraging children to apply their calculation skills and wider mathematical knowledge to games, investigations and puzzles.
  • Teach maths linked with other subjects, such as science for example in KS1 during the 'glider' investigation and KS2 using ratios to accurately produce a replica vial of blood.
  • Provide additional support for those children who find areas of their year group's expectations challenging, whilst 'Greater Depth' activities are provided for those children who are secure in their year group's expectations.
  • Differentiate maths work in class allowing children to complete work at a challenge level which stretches them using our 'mild, medium and hot' self-selection tasks.
  • Value the importance of mathematical fluency and use a range of retrieval tasks in lessons to help children improve their confidence and retention of mathematical learning.
  • Promote fluency in timetables through the use of Times Tables Rock Stars. (At The Coombes we consider being fluent in timetables a critical part of being a confident mathematician. This program enables the children to demonstrate their confidence in learning timetables in order, out of order and through division facts respectively.)
  • Support a greater appreciation of Maths amongst children through multi academy trust challenge days for KS2 children.


Through our Mathematics curriculum, our pupils will develop an enjoyment and curiosity about maths regardless of their attainment or background. Our pupils also will be equipped with the fluency, reasoning and problem-solving expertise that will enable them to be numerate and mathematically creative members of society. Children of The Coombes will leave school at the end of Year 6 so that they are secondary ready to continue their onward mathematical learning.


Assessments of the children's mathematical knowledge and understanding is ongoing throughout the year. We use teacher assessment of children's mathematical learning and record this data on Target Tracker for ease of pupil attainment and progress analysis and monitoring. Every half term, teachers record each pupil's mathematical progress and attainment. Assessment includes observations, discussions and written outcomes, including half termly summative assessments. Regular pupil progress meetings, held with the SLT, allow us to discuss the mathematical learning of all pupils in school. Progress and attainment are reported to parents during parent's evening appointments and in annual reports that are sent home.

Psalm 90:12

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom."