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Maths at Roscoe


Roscoe Primary School follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. This describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Details of the Programme of Study for Mathematics can be found below.


The school is currently developing a mastery approach to Mathematics by following the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning along with challenging resources from Testbase. By using these resources, teachers are delivering high quality lessons that challenge those within their class. Currently, Roscoe Primary is part of the North West Three Maths Hub – Developing Mastery Workgroup. This is enabling Roscoe to share good practice with other schools within the group and be supported by mastery specialist teachers to ensure that we are developing an effective Mastery approach.


Roscoe Primary prides itself on staff delivering high quality teaching within Mathematics lessons, all staff are required to have strong subject knowledge so that they can cater their teaching to all pupils and ensure their success in Mathematics. The high expectations that are set for Maths lessons are clear, with a clear focus on meeting the needs of all children not just those who access the curriculum with ease. By having those clear high expectations, it allows children’s confidence to build, their determination to grow and their success to be achieved. When it comes to the teaching of Mathematics using White Rose Maths, there is no ceiling to what the children can learn and achieve. Children develop their skills through repetition and by looking at different methods with suitable challenges readily available for those who have completed the set tasks. We want our children to understand that Maths will provide them with many skills that they will need and use in their everyday lives. We do this through Whole School Number Days, Maths at the Movies and having money talks with Virgin Money and HMRC. By enriching our Mathematics curriculum in this way, we are broadening the children’s horizons, which not only prepares them for further education, but also Maths in the wider world.


Through the high-quality teaching that is delivered, staff encourage and facilitate a love of learning and the ability to achieve. At Roscoe Primary School, we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to achieve at the mastery level in Mathematics within the key aspects for their age group. To ensure this happens, staff do all that they can to identify any barriers to learning and to tailor their teaching to meet the needs of each individual child. Staff regularly take part in assessment and pupil performance meetings; gap analysis is used to identify barriers to learning and is then used as a guide for intervention planning. When it comes to planning, staff work hard to ensure there is problem solving within all elements of Maths, this enabling Mathematical thinking. At Roscoe Primary, we also bring Maths into other curriculum areas, by doing this we are showing the children within our school that Maths is used every day for a variety of different reasons.


By using the White Rose Maths Scheme, we are ensuring that children are provided with a wider context for learning. By teaching Mathematics this way, it enables us to provide the children with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These set of tools include: fluency, reasoning and problem solving and they allow and facilitate our children to think in abstract ways.


Subject Aims:


At Roscoe Primary School, we recognise that Mathematics is important in everyday life and this is something we want to promote. Staff are enthusiastic about Mathematics in the hope that this encourages the children to develop positive and enthusiastic attitudes towards the subject; something that will remain with them even when they have left out school. At Roscoe, we also want to promote this positive attitude towards Mathematics as it will also boost confidence and enable the children to achieve.


Our aim at Roscoe is to deliver a well-rounded, high quality Maths curriculum that enables children to be numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive along with confident. We work hard to ensure that our school environment promotes this. This is done through numerous examples along with real life contexts and creative resources to help children to develop their Mathematical ability.


Subject Content:


By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils at Roscoe should:


Number & Place Value


  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • Round any whole number to a degree of accuracy.
  • Use negative numbers in context and calculate across zero.


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division.


  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
  • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.
  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division


Number - Fractions (including Decimals & Percentages)


  • Use common factors to simplify fractions: use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.
  • Compare and order fractions, including 1.
  • Add and Subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
  • Multiply one-digit numbers with up to decimal places by whole numbers.
  • Use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places.
  • Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy.


Ratio & Proportion.


  • Solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
  • Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages
  • Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
  • Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.




  • Use simple formulae
  • Generate and describe linear number sequences
  • Express missing number problems algebraically
  • Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns
  • Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables\




  • Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate
  • Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
  • Convert between miles and kilometres
  • Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa
  • Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes
  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units,
  • including cubic centimetres.




  • Draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • Recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons.
  • Illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius.
  • Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles.


Whilst focusing on the key concepts of maths there will also opportunities to study significant people within the mathematics community. We have recognised that our children are fascinated by people and their real-life stories. By studying significant people, this shows children how important the use of maths is in everyday life and brings the different concepts of maths to life.  The school’s Mathematics curriculum has been designed to help all pupils develop their sense of self-worth and build on their confidence.