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Mathematics at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

Our intent is for every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.  We believe that mathematics is a creative discipline and integral to everyday life.  At Gilbert Colvin, our goal is to equip our children with the necessary skills they need to be confident when manipulating numbers and mathematics ideas.

We aim for all pupils to:

  • Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics
  • Harness enjoyment and curiosity about the subject
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that children develop conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge accurately and efficiently
  • Develop a range of skills to solve a variety of problems and to reason logically

We follow the Mathematics Mastery programme, which adopts the mastery approach to teaching mathematics.  It embeds a deep understanding in mathematics by following the Dimensions of Depth:

  1. Using a range of concrete representations (such as bead strings, cubes) pictorial and abstract (the written calculation) to develop conceptual understanding
  2. Modelling accurate mathematical vocabulary and expecting children to talk in full sentences using that vocabulary
  3. Asking questions which encourage children to use their imagination, think logically and develop their reasoning


Times Tables

Times tables play an important role in mathematics and we practise them daily.  Fluency in time tables allow children to calculate efficiently and make connections between numbers, e.g. 7 x 8 = 56, therefore 7 x 80 = 560.  Our children love practicing their times tables on the Times Tables Rockstars programme.


What our children think about Mathematics at Gilbert Colvin Primary School:


“Maths is challenging, which is good because it means you have to think deeply.  I liked learning about ratio and proportion because I could relate it to things I had learnt about in fractions, decimals and percentages” – Year 6 child.

“I enjoyed learning how to count in 5s and I liked looking for the pattern of the number ending in 5 and 0”

– Year 1 child.

“I love counting - I have learnt how to count up to 50!” -  Reception child.


“When we learnt about division, I knew how I could divide up my football stickers between my friends” – Year 4 child.

I like how our teacher explains things step-by-step.  I have tried really hard to use the correct vocabulary when I am explaining my thinking” - Year 5 child.

“Maths will help me throughout life.  I like our mental maths lessons and I have become more efficient with my times tables” - Year 3 child.

“I liked using bead strings when we were learning about money.  They helped us to add when bridging 10” – Year 2 child.

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