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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

We plant the seeds and help them grow


At Haydon Abbey we strive to ensure all children are equipped with a secure mathematical understanding to support their progress throughout each phase and into the world beyond. Maths is a central component of the teaching day and all children explore, use and work with mathematical concepts every day.


We recognise that the Mathematics curriculum is a combination of several core strands: number and place value, mental and written calculation, fractions, shape, space and measure, statistics, algebra and ratio. Initial focus is placed on number recognition, formation and awareness in the Early Years before the children develop a range of mental and written calculation strategies as they progress through the school. Children are continually encouraged to apply their skills in different ways, including complex worded problems and pictorial representations.


Rapid mental calculation and times table knowledge remain a central priority throughout all phases. From Year 2, children will grow increasingly aware of the key times tables and will apply this knowledge in a weekly Marathon Mile test.

As mathematicians, our children are taught to become problem solvers, team players and independent thinkers. They learn to recognise the importance of challenge and are actively encouraged to extend their thinking, developing resilience when approaching new and difficult skills.