Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’


As a mathematicians we want the children to:

  • Reach their full potential
  • Be engaged and creative to excite and enthuse
  • Be curious about mathematics, fostering a love of the subject
  • Develop rich connections across mathematical ideas and within other subjects such as science
  • Develop fluency to enable children to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Reason mathematically, understanding and using appropriate mathematical language
  • Develop a competence for solving a variety of problems
  • Understand the importance of mathematics in the world around them
  • Ensure that every child is taught by a member of the teaching staff who has good subject knowledge and access to relevant training
  • Continue learning at home by ensuring that parents understand each stage of their child’s maths journey using consistent approaches taught in school

Implementation - How do we deliver the maths curriculum?

All pupils can achieve in maths. At Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School there is a ‘can do’ attitude where building children’s resilience, and understanding that learning from mistakes, is what will make people successful mathematicians. The school believes in the importance of challenging ALL children in the school to be the best they can be and the main curriculum driver is around ‘possibilities’ to ensure children ‘reach for the stars’, being ambitious and having high aspirations for themselves in everything they do. The school ensures that maths lessons provide the opportunity for ALL children, regardless of their ability, to work through Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving activities.


The best mathematics teaching is characterised by:

  • having a planned structure with small steps

  • praise and reinforcement

  • using effective questioning

  • addressing children’s misconceptions

  • challenging children’s thinking and reasoning skills

  • linking to other curriculum areas and the wider world

  • active participation by all children

With all of this integral to daily maths lessons there will be good evidence of improving children’s attainment.


The expectation of the maths curriculum is that the majority of children will move through their learning programme broadly at the same pace. Our curriculum has some aspects of a mastery curriculum, which means that children need to be able to ‘master’ at a deep level each of the learning objectives for the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum before moving on further.


Our curriculum is delivered through 8 different threshold concept using the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum. These threshold concepts of our curriculum can be seen below and each has a road map to show the progression of teaching from Early Years right through to Year 6. These strands and threshold concepts are constantly revisited to ensure key knowledge is secured in to children's long-term memory.

Maths Curriculum Pathways and Progression Map

Below is an example of the the Addition and Subtraction Roadmap. Click on the icons below this for further road maps.

Special Educational Needs and Mathematics

How do we ensure all children can access maths lessons?

Impact - How Do We Help Children Get to a Deep Level of Understanding?


Other useful information and documents to support your child with Maths at home