Cliffe VC Primary School’s Maths Policy is based on the following principles:

Mathematics is important because:

  •          Mathematics is a life skill. It is an essential element of communication, widely used in society, both in everyday situations and in the world of work. “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” (National Curriculum 2014).
  •          If taught correctly we can encourage children to develop a love for Mathematics.
  •          It is the method by which we make sense of space, number, and quantity within everyday life.
  •          Its mastery enables children to apply their knowledge in educational and real-life situations: logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
  •          It is essential for independence in many aspects of everyday life.
  •          It is a core subject in the National Curriculum.
  •          It is a compulsory examinable subject in national standardised tests.


Through the effective implementation of our Maths policy, we strive to enable Cliffe mathematicians to:

  •          Become fluent in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  •          Have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, processes and strategies and the ability to apply them in a mental, written, and problem-solving capacity.
  •          Communicate learning; solve problems, reason, think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  •          Show initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  •          Have and use appropriate mathematical language
  •          Build resilience and respond to challenges by applying key skills already learnt.
  •          Use and apply mathematics across the curriculum
  •          Develop the ability to recognise mathematics in everyday situations and apply their mathematics to such situations.
  •          Have a positive attitude and interest in mathematics to raise confidence.
  •          Develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them to encourage economic wellbeing.
  •          Show an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
  •          Improve their mental recall of number facts.
  •          Improve their skills in mental calculations by ensuring that they have a repertoire of strategies to draw upon.
Our full Maths policy can be found below :