At Sleights, we believe that children are entitled to practical, hands on learning opportunities to support their development in mathematics. Based on curriculum principles of effective Early Years practice, maths at Sleights encourages children to think creatively, play, explore and problem solve.

Children at Sleights engage in rich opportunities for problem solving. Through the implementation of the Archimedes Mixed Age Planning (Carmel Mathematics Hub) children experience opportunities for regular fluency, reasoning and problem solving tasks. These tasks are completed when exploring the entire mathematics curriculum, organised into a progressive long term plan over the children’s time at Sleights.

Click to download KS1 planning overview: Maths Planning Overview KS1

Click to download KS2 planning overview: Maths Planning Overview KS2

Mathematics at Sleights involves:

Practical opportunities to develop mastery in mathematics through fluency, reasoning and problem solving tasks.


Daily Key Skills teaching, focused on building, revising and securing the foundation skills in mathematics.


Times tables practise, through Key Skills work, focused on improving speed and accuracy of instant recall facts.


Children identifying their own level of challenge, based on the skills and understanding they have already gained.

Statement of Mathematics Intent

The children at Sleights will be provided with a mathematics curriculum offer designed to:

  • Enable children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • Equip children to develop conceptual understanding recall and apply
  • Provide opportunities for frequent and varied practise of reasoning and problem solving
  • Allow children to gain and use a range of transferable key skills both in mathematics and across the full curriculum
  • Offer opportunities for varied mathematical problem solving activities
  • In line with our Growth Mindset philosophy, develop independent learners, who are confident and inquisitive to tackle mathematical problems.

Statement of Mathematics Implementation

The statutory programmes of study from the National Curriculum are taught through the long term plan, provided by the Archimedes Mixed Age Planning tool. The curriculum is implemented through:

  • Daily mathematics lessons, consisting of key skills, practise, development and evaluation.
  • Quality first teaching, designed to meet the needs of all children.
  • A range of resources to support teaching and learning, including White Rose Hub, NCETM and nRich.
  • Regular and focused times tables practise.
  • An ongoing and developing working environment, including working walks and challenges.
  • Support for those children with additional needs, through interventions such as First Class at Number and Success at Arithmetic.