Maths Intent

At Uplands Junior School, Mathematics is a fundamental part of each day. We believe that Maths teaches us how to make sense of the world around us. We aim to provide children with the skills in order to develop the ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems.  This enables children to explore, understand, and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and shape in their everyday life. We wish to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, cross-curricular learning, exploration and discussion.


We deliver the programme of study that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Under our “Respect For All” ethos, we believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. The majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. We aim for children to become true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. 


In teaching this way, we aim to promote confidence, resilience and competence with numbers and the number system through children working hard and pushing themselves to achieve. We wish to provide opportunities for children to challenge themselves, to develop communication skills, independence and co-operation when solving problems in order to take responsibility for their learning.  This in turn will equip children with learning behaviours that will support them into their adult life.

We wish for all children to:


  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

  •  have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.