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Arithmetic at Manor Court Community Primary School

Our Mathematics subject leader is Mrs Wilkins


Statement of intent

At Manor Court Community Primary we aim to develop the full potential of our pupils to become confident and capable learners who have a passion for mathematics, and who all believe that they are mathematicians. Arithmetic is a core part of pupils learning as it is the fundamental stem of mathematics that studies numbers and their operations. We aim to equip pupils with an essential set of arithmetic skills so that all pupils can apply them to wider mathematics in order to be successful in further education and later life. 



  • To ensure children have a solid understanding of the fundamental stems of mathematics so they can apply learnt skills to all aspect of Mathematics.


Progression and delivery


Arithmetic lessons at Manor Court Community Primary is taught explicitly from year 1 to year 6 using objectives from the National Curriculum. In foundation, focus is made on key recall facts such as counting forwards and backwards to 20, the counting of odd and even numbers, number bonds and doubling. Every year group builds on the previous calculation methods children have been taught, with key instant recall facts highlighted. To ensure skills are not forgotten, arithmetic is taught daily ensuring pupils can become fluent. Knowledge and skills are revisited, with children learning a progression of methods throughout their time at Manor Court Community Primary School. Answers are modelled by the teacher to support children in learning new concepts. Longer arithmetic sessions, either weekly or bi-weekly, ensure operations and calculations can be discussed in more detail to build confidence and test practice.


Tracking and assessment

Arithmetic is assessed each half-term using a mixture of formative and summative teacher assessment. Pupils are assessed against the National Curriculum for their particular year groups. Pupil progress is analysed in Pupil Progress Meetings each term and target pupils are then identified and shared with Phase Leaders. A plan is then devised by the class teacher to meet the additional needs of those pupils. Their progress is then monitored by Phase Leaders over the following term. Children’s recall and retention of the curriculum will be monitored and assessed. This will allow staff to ensure that there are no gaps in a child’s learning in that particular year group. 



Intervention in Arithmetic can and will be used for a variety of reasons. Firstly, should a child or children need help retaining and recalling the taught curriculum, intervention will allow extra time to ensure this concept is secure. As well as this, interventions can be used to secure key facts that are needed for each year group. For example, times tables and number bonds. Both these areas can be quickly supported through effective intervention. Interventions will be used to ensure children have the depth and security of learning in each year before they leave that year group. 



Our aim at Manor Court Community Primary School is that every child’s needs are met and that every child is given the chance to succeed, wherever their strength lies. It is our intention to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and to be the best that they can be. Teachers include all pupils fully in all lessons with all pupils encouraged to access age-appropriate learning; this is done by careful planning, differentiation, support and use of resources. If pupils are working significantly below that of their year group, teachers will plan for their individual needs, taking learning from previous year’s National Curriculum targets. Teachers, leaders and support staff are aware of the lowest 20% of children in the class to ensure the correct provision is given, supporting children to achieve and overcoming any barriers to their learning.