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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. Each year we have a 'Maths Week' that can have a specific focus such as money, shape or STEM ideas.  In previous years these have included activities such as going shopping, selling items at a fayre or visiting a cafe. 

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 levels, 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.

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

(Maths Homework - Please see the homework page.)


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 training on this and we are seeing the benefits in children's increased confidence when working with numbers.

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

Please see below for some links.