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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 a range of concepts such as:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Calculations
  • Shape & Pattern
  • Position, Direction & Problem Solving
  • Time & Sequencing
  • Money
  • Data Handling
  • Measures & Fractions
  • Maths in the Environment

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. Every term we have a STEM day where we have practical activities that covers Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 

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. 

P Levels

For children working below National Curriculum levels, we use P levels at present. The P levels still cover the subjects within maths just at the appropriate level for the children. Over the next year we will be adapting P levels to meet the needs of the children at Dame Ellen Pinsent. We will keep you informed of any changes as they happen. 

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. 



We encourage the children to work independently where possible to increase their confidence and to help embed their learning. By allowing the children time to explore maths, we are giving the them the chance to think, plan and evaluate. This is a skill that will help them when they use maths in every day situations. 

One of the ways we encourage independence in school is to allow the children to access the Maths Challenge board. The challenge Board is designed to provide an opportunity for  all the children to find the answers on their maths worksheets.