Melbourn Primary School

Making Learning Irresistible


At Melbourn Primary School, we strive to ensure that our children become confident, resilient and knowledgeable mathematicians. We dedicate one hour, daily sessions to the teaching of mathematics which follows a consistent structure across the school. With arithmetic and times tables underpinning many areas of mathematics, our curriculum at Melbourn Primary School aims to improve children’s rapid and accurate recall of essential number facts through sufficient, planned opportunities.


Each maths lesson that is taught allows the opportunity for embedding prior knowledge before the teaching of new concepts is modelled, practised and applied to more complex procedures through a progression of Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning tasks (Deep, Deeper, Deeper Still – Key Stage One). To ensure that our children understand that ‘maths is everywhere’, there is a strong commitment to linking our mathematical learning to real life concepts and other areas of the curriculum. Where possible, children are exposed to different representations (concrete, pictorial, abstract) of new concepts to challenge their thinking and allow them to make connections between mathematical ideas. The use of concrete manipulatives and other resources are encouraged to support the children in securing a deeper understanding of their learning.


In order for our children to master key concepts and gain a deep understanding, confidence and competence in mathematics, we plan and teach using manageable small steps that are sequential and build on prior knowledge. To achieve this, we follow the robust Scheme of Learning available from White Rose from Year 1 to Year 6. While we appreciate that the White Rose planning structures have been informed by world-class research and maths experts, teaching staff at Melbourn adapt the planning to suit the needs of the pupils in their class.