Our Intent

At Southwark, our mathematical curriculum provides a systematic accumulation of knowledge; builds independence and resilience and encourages a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. With subject specific vocabulary, STEM sentences and varied representations, pupils are able to (flexibly) articulate their reasoning in contexts involving greater complexity. Through deliberate consideration of experiences, we ensure that pupils know the importance of mathematics in their present and future lives and can apply their skills, demonstrating fluency.

Maths throughout Southwark


To be able to demonstrate their accumulation of knowledge through the automatic recall of number facts to 10. Deep conceptual understanding of numbers to 10, understanding they hold a value and the relationship between them using small world resources and simple representations. Pupils are introduced to specific vocabulary with the use of STEM sentences. Problem solving opportunities are developed in continuous provision.


Through mental fluency, demonstrate their ability to recall number bonds to 20. Develop a deepening conceptual understanding of number by using the four operations to explore ordinal and cardinal numbers, counting, place value using a resources and representations. Age related language continues to be used to articulate mathematical concepts alongside STEM sentences. Skills are applied in simple everyday contexts.

Lower KS2

Developed efficient written and mental methods demonstrating fluent calculation skills. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw from their knowledge with increasing flexibility. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently. Pupils will independently select STEM sentences to demonstrate the mathematical knowledge underpinning their problem solving work including that with, simple fractions and decimal place value - articulating their reasoning through word and representation.

Upper KS2

Through the accumulation of knowledge, pupils will consolidate and extend learning of number including understanding the number system and place value to include larger integers. Teaching develops the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Pupils solve increasingly complex multi-step problems involving scales and rates, which demand efficient written and mental methods of calculation. They use subject specific precise language to explain their methods and varied representations to prove their reasoning.