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At Carr Junior we believe that mathematics is a creative and interconnected subject that is essential for everyday life and key to children’s future well-being. We believe that every child can do maths and it is our aim that every child becomes numerate by the end of their primary education.

We endeavour to make maths learning rigorous, enjoyable, practical and for children to become good problem solvers.

The new national curriculum is organised into the following strands with a heavy emphasis on Number: 

  • Number – including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions ( including Decimals (Year 4, 5 & 6) and Percentages (Year 5 & 6).
  • Measurement.
  • Ratio and Proportion (Year 6 only).
  • Algebra (Year 6 only).
  • Geometry – including Position and Direction.
  • Statistics.
All children across school are taught and use the formal written methods.
  • Addition – column method.
  • Subtraction – column method.
  • Multiplication – Short multiplication moving to Long multiplication.
  • Division - Short division moving to Long division.

Problem Solving
We firmly believe that problem solving is an integral part to maths and everyday life. We endeavour to:
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

There is a designated problem solving lesson each week, and problem solving will also be interwoven through maths and other areas of the curriculum.

Maths Meetings
Maths Meetings are Carr Junior's maths interventions which run throughout school.  Maths Meetings will be based on your childs current attainment and the key targets they need to achieve in order to make accelerated progress

The intention of the Maths meeting it that it is 30 minutes of fun and playful regular activity. It is in addition to the normal daily mathematics lesson and uses chants, guessing games and hands-on activities to inspire children’s interest in and enjoyment of maths and to practice their fundamental maths skills. The key purpose is to develop fluency and confidence with the skills and understanding associated with basic number and calculation routines for the year group.
It will include between 4 to 6 short activities that are quick fire, fun and will involve all children so that they are:
• building over time to develop fluency
• based on oral work and conversation
• fun and enjoyable
• providing variety in the practice of skills



Numicon is an intervention that is used in lower school. Each day a small group of children will take part in a range of daily activities that help improve the children's knowledge and speed in basic Numeracy skills. Numicon uses a range of visual aids to help in the understanding of various Numeracy concepts.


Whole school theme days and weeks
At times during the year there will be Whole school theme weeks or days linked to numeracy and other areas of the curriculum. These weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas. Keep checking back to see what theme days we have planned and to have a look at the photographs.