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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong



At St Mary’s, we provide an ambitious and inclusive Maths curriculum which is progressive across all year groups. Centred around the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach, we embed our teaching through real-life contexts, making appropriate links across the curriculum. Pupils learn to think mathematically, using a wide range of methods to ensure deep thinking and confidence in problem solving. Emphasis is placed on fluency to aid recall of facts so they can be as efficient as possible when working mathematically.



We primarily use White Rose and their resources from Year R to Year 6 with lessons planned sequentially over time to aid progression and understanding. This is supplemented with other programmes as appropriate. In EYFS, children develop a love of maths with activities supported by White Rose resources, giving them a strong foundation on which to build throughout their time at St Mary’s.

Outlined below is our pedagogy, which runs through every class in the school;

Key Language:

  • Marvin the Monkey – our maths learning friend
  • Learning Nut – the learning objective
  • Brick – the different areas of maths

Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions (including decimals and percentages), Measure, Geometry, Statistics, Algebra and Ratio and Proportion.

Learning Sequence:

Children progress through all the stages below. At any point in the learning process, a child can return to ‘nuts on a plate.’ Every child is expected to reach ‘nuts in a box’ at an appropriate pace for them, in order to achieve ‘deep learning.’ Children progress through the stages in one lesson, or over a series of lessons, depending on their age.

  • Nuts on a plate – The teacher uses direct teaching, ‘modelling’ to teach a ‘learning nut.’
  • Nuts in a clearing – The child independently practises the ‘learning nut’ which they have been taught.
  • Nuts in a box – The child applies their understanding of the ‘learning nut' in problem solving activities.



When our pupils leave St Mary’s, their learning in Maths will have enabled them to be fluent at manipulating number; able to reason confidently and solve routine and non-routine tasks, using an appropriate and efficient method. Using their high-quality maths education, they will have a strong foundation for understanding the world, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Times Tables - Support for Parents

Whole School Progression in Calculations Documents

Oak Class

Ash Class

Lime Class

Elder Class


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