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Intent, Implementation, Impact


At Ethelbert Road Primary School, through the teaching of high-quality education in Mathematics, children will be able to reason mathematically and have a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.  An essential skill for everyday life, mathematics provides a basis for understanding the world.


We aim to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the basics of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problem solving over time, so that pupils are able to recall and apply their knowledge and use their skills rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying patterns and relationships, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying mathematical skills learned to a variety of increasingly sophisticated problems, where several steps are needed to find a solution.
  • To develop resilience that enables all children to reason and problem solve with increased confidence.

At Ethelbert Road Primary School, we follow the Power Maths Scheme which we supplement with White Rose Maths.  Adopting a Power Maths approach to teaching means that all children have the same opportunities to learn and fully grasp concepts as they progress through school.

Each year, from Foundation Stage through to Year 6, the scheme builds on prior knowledge and gradually enables children to develop a high level of skills with a systematic approach.



  • To ensure full topic coverage, the school uses Power Maths, supported by White Rose. This is a whole-school primary maths curriculum that creates continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics.
  • Daily maths lessons include fluency, reasoning and problem-solving.
  • Lessons are differentiated to ensure there is appropriate challenge for all learners. Concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations are used to support conceptual understanding and to make links across topics.
  • Children are individually assessed and rewarded for rapid recall of number bonds (KS1) and times tables (Years 2-6).
  • Children are assessed throughout lessons and formally 3 times a year basis.



The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. With the implementation of the mathematical journey being well established and taught thoroughly in both key stages, children confident mathematicians and by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most key skills of mathematics are familiar to them and the teaching can focus on applying their knowledge to mathematical calculations and problems.


Formative and summative assessment demonstrates that most children at Ethelbert Road are achieving in Literacy at age-related expectations or above.


2019 National Data (last recorded data due to the COVID Pandemic)


KS2 progress 2019
■ Mathematics progress has improved between 2018 and 2019. Attainment (all key stages) 


Key stage 2 attainment

Attainment of the high standard (110+) in mathematics (43%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.
■ The three-year average mathematics attainment score (107.6) was in the highest 20%.
■ Key stage 1 attainment of the expected standard in mathematics (93%) was significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018.
■ Early years foundation stage attainment of the expected standard in the mathematics early learning goal was not significantly different to national 
■ In 2019, 87% of pupils achieved the key stage 2 expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools.