Ofsted’s definition of differentiation in Mathematics

‘Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content.’

Our Intent:

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The Mathematics teaching at Gossey Lane Academy is geared towards enabling each pupil to develop within their capabilities, not only the mathematics skills and understanding required for later in life, but also an enthusiasm and fascination about Mathematics itself.

We aim to increase pupil confidence in Mathematics so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths with assurance.

At Gossey Lane we are working in partnership with the Maths Hub and NCETM to deliver a curriculum as set out in our intent below: 

We intend on delivering a maths curriculum which:

  •  Caters for all pupils, taking individual learning needs and starting points into consideration. Our lessons are engaging and collaborative which give a range of opportunities to explore mathematics following a Teaching for Mastery approach.
  • Incorporates a sustained level of challenge through high-quality activities, which focuses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
  • Allows pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so they can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Recognises that mathematics underpins daily lives, beyond the classroom, and therefore it is vitally important that pupils are successful in each stage if their learning.
  • Uses Quality First Teaching to ensure all pupils have the best learning opportunities
  • Provides positive and resilient attitudes towards mathematics.
  • Allows pupils to reason mathematically by following lines of enquiry through. discussion. Pupils can actively engage with peers using mathematical language
  • Provides equal opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge to other subjects.

The three aims of the NC should be addressed every day (not just in the maths lesson)

 Fluency – Reasoning – Problem Solving.

At Gossey Lane we aim to ensure the teaching of maths is underpinned by the EEF recommendations. See below: 

Ks1 guidance

Eef 1 to 4 recommendations

Eef 5 o 8 recommendations

Subject on a page

Year 1 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024Year 2 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024Year 3 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024Year 4 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024Year 5 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024Year 6 Block Plan Overview 2023-2024

Mental Arithmetic

1-6 a-day

Like a healthy body needs 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, Gossey staff and children recognise a good mathematician needs a daily dose of mental arithmetic. We always start every lesson with questions to warm up our brains!

Times Table Rockstars

At Gossey Lane Academy we use TT Rockstars to promote our learning of time tables. The  online platform is a carefully sequenced programme for daily times table practice. Each week concentrates on a different table and then includes consolidation weeks for rehearsing the tables that have been previously practised.  

Times Tables Rock Stars

Maths Policy

To view the progression maps for all the strands of maths please follow the links below: 

Addition and Subtraction progression mapAlgebra progression mapFractions including decimals and percentages progression mapGeometry' position and direction progression mapMeasurement progression mapMultiplication and Division progression mapPlace value progression mapRatio and Proportion progression mapStatistics progression map


Please click here to view our Maths Gallery