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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School


Maths at Dame Ellen Pinsent

Maths is an important part of our curriculum and is taught daily in all classes.

Many of the activities are practical and children learn about number, shape, mass, time, length, capacity amongst other areas.

Staff modify the programmes of study to give all pupils relevant and appropriately challenging work at each key stage.

Where possible real life situations and experiences are used by teachers to make the children's learning more meaningful. Each year we have a 'Money Week' with each class being given some money to work on a mini project. In previous years these have included activities such as going to a cafe, conducting taste tests for value and luxury items and shopping for a wide variety of foods.

Homework Maths Packs have been put in place for most children working at P6 and above - please see the Homework page for more information. The Homework page also contains links to a variety of suitable websites.

National Curriculum

A new National Curriculum for Mathematics came into force in September 2014. We follow this curriculum at Dame Ellen, tracking back to ensure that it meets the needs of our children. Many children are working on P Levels, which come before the National Curriculum levels. 

Details of the National Curriculum can be found by clicking the button below.

P Levels

For children working below National Curriculum level details of P Level descriptors for all subjects, including Maths, can be found by clicking the button below.


Children in Lambs and Caterpillars follow the EYFS curriculum for Maths. This provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. 

In Lower and Upper School classes are timetabled to ensure coverage of the curriculum.

Please find your child's class in the attachement at the bottom of the page, for more details on how Maths topics are timetabled.

If you have any questions about the level your child is currently working at please ask your child's teacher.


We have now introduced Numicon throughout the school.

Numicon is a maths teaching programme that uses a series of structured pieces to represent numbers. Children enjoy the Numicon approach, which plays to their strong sense of pattern. Their enthusiasm and increased confidence leads them to persevere. This in turn leads to deeper understanding and raised achievement.

Staff have received a days training and we are seeing the benefits in children's increased confidence working with numbers.

There are also a number of videos and other information available online.

Please see below for some links.