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Henry Bradley Infant School

Reach for the Stars




At Henry Bradley we have high expectations for all children in their mathematical learning and understanding. Our mathematics teaching and learning provides the children with the skills to develop their life opportunities and prepares them for the following key stages. Our aim is for all children to have a deep understanding of the number system which will enable them to reason, problem solve and use the skills they have developed through this in a variety of contexts and in everyday life.  The understanding of the number system is intrinsic to the learning and understanding of all other areas of maths and the wider curriculum.



The curriculum at Henry Bradley has been developed to enable maths mastery to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of maths. The key features of our maths principles are that;

  • We plan and teach using the ‘5 Concepts’ of maths mastery (See Attached Appendix *1)
  • We go slow to go fast (deep understanding before moving on)
  • Place value and number sense come first
  • We prioritise our teaching using the NCETM Prioritisation Materials (small steps) (See Attached Appendix *2)
  • Procedure, reasoning and problem solving are part of everyday practice
  • The children can talk through their understanding using stem sentences, speaking in full sentences
  • We use a range of resources to enable all children to have a concrete, pictorial and abstract understanding of maths (See Attached Appendix *3)
  • Teaching is in a whole class, is interactive and all the children work on the same content at the same time
  • Those who need extra support are identified early within lessons through formative assessment
  • Intelligent practice is used to reinforce procedural fluency which in turn develops conceptual understanding
  • Nursery plan next steps using ‘Learning Trajectories.’ (See Attached Appendix  *4 )