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Our aim at Brightside is for every child to develop mathematical fluency and reasoning skills and to be able to use and apply these when solving problems. We do this by following a ‘mastery’ approach to teaching maths to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every child.  

The mastery approach ensures that all pupils:

  • use a variety of mathematical apparatus such as Numicon, dienes, counters, cubes, bead strings and place value cards to support the understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions
  • are presented with and create their own pictorial images to represent different mathematical concepts e.g. images of numicon, bar models, bead strings. 
  • become fluent with understanding and recording in an abstract format e.g. writing a calculation using the addition and subtraction signs.
  • work on the same learning objectives using differentiated tasks 


Early Years

The Early Years Framework is followed in nursery and reception. Children learn basic mathematical skills and concepts through planned activities in indoor and outdoor continuous provision. They practise their counting skills with numbers 1-20 and learn basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. They also explore different areas of shape, space and measure. 


Key Stage 1

The National Curriculum is followed in years 1 and year 2.  Pupils have a daily maths lesson and four additional mental and oral sessions per week.  Lessons build on previous skills that have been learnt in nursery and reception. Pupils are challenged to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through various tasks and investigations.