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Maths - Miss Suri

Balliol Maths Curriculum

Here at Balliol, we strive to make Maths fun, engaging and accessible for all. By using a more homogenised approach, we can narrow attainment gaps across school. Teachers plan broad and bespoke activities which grow progressively more difficult and deepen knowledge. This adaptable provision ensures Maths is a fluid, interchangeable and independent journey for our children. We have a ‘high ceiling low threshold’ approach which means no child is limited or restricted in their learning journey. 


We enable our children to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through small, sequential and progressive steps. These steps follow the CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach to ensure all children can access mathematical concepts.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Maths at Balliol is fun and challenging with endless possibilities. We aim to ensure that:

  • Through small, sequential and progressive steps we empower children to explore mathematical concepts, develop strategic and methodical thinking and become mathematicians.
  • All children thrive through Maths and feel the door to learning is open to them.
  • Key skills are consistently taught and secured to enable children to access more complex reasoning and problem solving.
  • Pupils learn to work collaboratively and communicate effectively from Foundation Stage. They praise and support each other. They learn to teach each other which massively reinforces their own learning.
  • There is a highly consistent use of vocabulary   This ensures that pupils do not experience unnecessary challenge due to different ways of explaining for example how to tackle written problems. Children can then get on with the challenge in the maths.