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Maths - Mr Longstaff

Balliol Maths Curriculum no


At Balliol we are determined that Maths will not be a mystery to any child. Traditionally, it has been a subject where people have sometimes though they were either “good” at maths or “not good” at maths. We are in the privileged position of being able to develop pupil’s confidence from the moment they join us and that is exactly what we aim to do. We work hard to ensure that no child feels that way.

We want our children to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice (FAST Maths) with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing 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.


We have daily maths lessons which focus on securing a deep and rich understanding of the Primary Maths Curriculum.  Pupils are given the opportunity to learn, practise, embed and extend/enrich their knowledge and understanding. 


Through a rich, creative and challenging curriculum we aim to ensure that:


  • Pupils enjoy learning and are able from the earliest stages to recognise and celebrate their progress. They get to feel good about maths.
  • 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. Great for self-esteem.
  • 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.
  • Through integrated reasoning and problem solving we empower children to explore mathematical concepts, develop strategic and methodical thinking and become mathematicians.