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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


"I enjoy Maths especially when you are given the answer but you have to work out what the question was to start off with."  - Year 5 Child

Curriculum Intent

Elmhurst School is dedicated to enabling children to recognise the importance of mathematics in the wider world so that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of situations in their lives. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to develop a deep and sustained conceptual understanding so that they can experience success in the subject. ​At Elmhurst, we have the highest expectations for every learner; we want our pupils to master maths rather than having only surface knowledge and skills in this subject.  ​

A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when, through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time a student can represent it in multiple ways.  Mastery means that pupils can think mathematically with the concept so that they can independently apply it to a totally new problem in an unfamiliar situation.​

At the core of our curriculum is the CONCRETE, PICTORIAL and ABSTRACT 

approach to maths.​

  • Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand and explain what they are doing.​

  • Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.​

  • Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.​

Curriculum Implementation

The content and principles of the Early Years Foundation Framework, 2014 National Curriculum and the Teaching for Mastery approach convey how mathematics is implemented at Elmhurst.​

Mathematics is taught coherently and sequentially in Reception to Year 6 using the Power Maths scheme as a learning tool to Mastery.  Units of learning are broken down into a series of small, connected steps with each building on the children’s prior learning. Each lesson focuses on one small step or a series of small steps. ​

Pupils in the Early Years are prepared for the National Curriculum by developing a strong grounding in number so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.  The Early Years Foundation Framework is used to guide mathematical learning in the Nursery and Reception classes. ​

Learning throughout the school is introduced using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach so that pupils develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics through a variety of manipulatives and representations. 

If you would like further information on our Maths curriculum or how to help your child at home then please get in contact with our Maths Leader, Mrs Dawn Hanwell on 01296 481380 or

Page last updated: 19/05/22