We believe that maths should provide children with the skills they will need in everyday life. It is important to develop the ability to calculate, reason and problem solve. Maths also allows us to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in number and space.


At The New Forest Primary School we aim to:

  • Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
  • ŸPresent maths as fun, interesting and relevant to our everyday lives;
  • ŸPromote confidence and competence in the children’s mathematical ability;
  • ŸDevelop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
  • ŸGive children the confidence to approach open-ended problems without the fear of ‘getting it wrong’.

All children have the opportunity to develop and extend their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through varied activities. Our maths curriculum is planned in accordance with the National Curriculum (2014).

Children’s progress is carefully monitored throughout the year to ensure their maths work is realistic for their abilities but challenging enough to bring progress and achievement.

Investigation in Maths:

A big part of learning in maths is applying the knowledge and skills to 'real' situations. We do this through a range of activities, including challenging children through maths investigations.

We are continually challenging the children in Maths through probing and questioning, encouraging the children to think more deeply about how they solved a problem and encouraging them to make links across their learning.

What are you doing?                      Why are you doing it?              How do you know you are correct?      

If___ = ___ what is the answer to ___= ___?         Explain your answer/working out...         Tell me more...

Learning outdoors:

Two of our Key Stage 2 children were selected to accompany Miss Doré on an outing to Moors Valley earlier this year with other children from our School Cluster. They were given the opportunity to explore the Play Trail at the park using their investigative skills in maths. Tasks included estimating the number of planks/poles of wood used to construct the different equipment and converting between different units of measure. They carried out a range of maths tasks with determination and thoroughness, applying the knowledge and skills gained within a classroom setting to the big outdoors, proving that Maths can be exhilarating and fun!

Maths day 2016:

Across the whole school we engaged in a variety of maths activities to encourage the children to think about all aspects of healthy living. Key stage 1 children looked at the sugar content in fizzy drinks, whilst Key stage 2 children looked at the journey of food, from farming to food wastage. It was a fantastic day and a chance to apply a variety of maths skills to a common theme. 


Information for parents: 

Please click on the link below for information regarding the 2016 National Curriculum tests at the end of Key stages 1 and 2. 

2016 National Curriculum tests information


Home Learning: Maths passports

At our parent information evening on 2nd November 2016, we explained that we are launching Maths passports this term as part of the children's home learning.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please find all the relevant information regarding Maths passports below, including the links to our support materials.

Support materials:

Please use these to help your child practise their target at home. If you come across any other useful games and activities that you would like to share, then please get in touch with school and let us know!

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Parent information evening powerpoint