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We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths.

The 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics

At Drake, these skills are embedded within lessons and are developed over time using our curriculum. To support the teaching of mathematics, we use the Power Maths scheme as a foundation for lessons from Year 1 – 6 while EYFS use White Rose. All lessons are built around a child-centred lesson design and use a growth-mindset approach. Good questioning by teachers ensures discussion, investigation and problem-solving

All pupils can learn mathematical skills to the highest levels with their ‘marvellous mistakes’ forming a powerful factor in their learning. Mathematics is about creativity, pattern spotting and making sense of situations. In the classroom, the focus is not on giving quick answers but the depth of children’s understanding. Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation and be able to visualise and generalise more easily. 


Pupils have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to support their learning such as hundred squares, number lines, numicon, cubes, place value cards and other small apparatus. Mathematical skills are developed across the curriculum in subjects such as Science, Forest School, Design and Technology and PE. In addition to maths lessons, daily ‘maths meetings’ reinforce and practice fluency and reasoning skills through problem-solving and the application of arithmetic. Children use Times Table Rock Stars from Year 1 to build confidence and regularly practise times table recall.

Drake Progression Map

Maths at Drake