Mathematics
Characteristics of a Mathematician
We believe that children who excel in Mathematics have these essential characteristics:
• An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
• A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
• Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
• The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
• The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
• The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
• The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
• Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
• A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
• A commitment to and passion for the subject.
In order to excel in Mathematics, we believe that children throughout our school must achieve the following learning objectives:
• To know and use numbers
• To add and subtract
• To multiply and divide
• To use fractions
• To understand the properties of shapes
• To describe position, direction and movement
• To use measures
• To use statistics
• To use algebra
Specifically, the children should master the skills below:
Learning Objectives 
Aspects of Learning 
Key Stage 1 Milestone 1 
Lower Key Stage 2 Milestone 2 
Upper Key Stage 2 Milestone 3 
To know and use numbers 
Counting  • Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.
• Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens. • Given a number, identify one more and one less. • Count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from 0 or 1 and in tens from any number, forward and backward. 
• Count in multiples of 2 to 9, 25, 50, 100 and 1000.
• Find 1000 more or less than a given number. • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers. 
• Read numbers up to 10 000 000.
• Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero. 
Representing  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line.
• Read and write numbers initially from 1 to 20 and then to at least 100 in numerals and in words. 
• Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
• Read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value. 
• Write numbers up to 10 000 000
• Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals. 

Comparing  • Use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.
• Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs. 
• Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.  • Order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000.  
Place value  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a twodigit number (tens, ones).  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a fourdigit number. (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones)
• Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. 
• Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
• Determine the value of each digit in any number. 

Solving problems  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems.  • Solve number and practical problems with increasingly large positive numbers.  • Solve number and practical problems.  
To add and subtract  Complexity  • Solve onestep problems with addition and subtraction:
• Using concrete objects and pictorial representations including those involving numbers, quantities and measures. • Using the addition (+), subtraction () and equals (=) signs. • Applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods. 
• Solve twostep addition and subtraction problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.  • Solve multistep addition and subtraction problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. 
Methods  • Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:
• Onedigit and twodigit numbers to 20, including zero. • A twodigit number and ones. • A twodigit number and tens. • Two twodigit numbers. • Adding three onedigit numbers. • Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot. 
• Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate.
• Add and subtract numbers mentally, including: • A threedigit number and ones. • A threedigit number and tens. • A threedigit number and hundreds. 
• Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods. (columnar addition and subtraction)
• Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers. 

Checking  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.  • Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.  • Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.  
Using number facts  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
• Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100. 
• Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value and more complex addition and subtraction.  • Add and subtract negative integers.  
To multiply and divide  Complexity  • Solve onestep problems involving multiplication and division by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.  • Solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems (such as n objects are connected to m objects).  • Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign.
• Solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates. • Use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations. 
Methods  • Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (.), division (÷) and equals (=) signs.
• Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot. • Solve problems involving multiplication and division using mental methods. 
• Multiply twodigit and threedigit numbers by a onedigit number using formal written layout.
• Use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers. • Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations. 
• Multiply multidigit numbers up to 4 digits by a twodigit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
• Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a twodigit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context. • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a twodigit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context. • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers. 

Checking  • Use known multiplication facts to check the accuracy of calculations.  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between multiplication and division and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.  • Estimate and use inverse operations and rounding to check answers to a calculation.  
Using multiplication and division facts  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
• Recognise odd and even numbers. • Use multiplication and division facts to solve problems. 
• Recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12.  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
• Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19. • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. • Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3). • Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes. 

Fractions (including decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion)  Recognising fractions  • Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
• Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity. • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/2, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. 
• Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and nonunit fractions with small denominators.
• Recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and nonunit fractions with small denominators. • Round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number. • Compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places. • Count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing onedigit numbers or quantities by 10. • Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten. • Compare and order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominators. 
• Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.
• Compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1. • Recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number. • Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place. • Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places. • Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places. • Solve problems involving number up to three decimal places. • Recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal. 
Equivalence  • Recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
• Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths. • Recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4, 1/2, 3/4. 
• Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths.
• Read and write decimal numbers as fractions. • Recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents. • Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination. • Associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents. • Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts. 

Solving problems  • Write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3.  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
• Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions. • Calculate quantities and fractions to divide quantities (including nonunit fractions where the answer is a whole number). • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. • Find the effect of dividing a one or twodigit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths. • Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places. 
• Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number.
• Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions. • Multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams. • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form. • Solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of, 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25. • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers. • Multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places.
Ratio and proportion • Solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts. • Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and the use of percentages for comparison. • Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found. • Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples. 

To understand the properties of shapes  • Recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes.
• Identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line. • Identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces. • Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes. • Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects. 
• Draw 2D shapes and make 3D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3D shapes in different orientations and describe them.
• Recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn. • Identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a halfturn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle. • Identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes. • Identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size. • Identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes presented in different orientations. • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry. 
• Identify 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations.
• Know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles. • Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°). • Identify: • Angles at a point and one whole turn (total 360°). • Angles at a point on a straight line and a turn (total 180°). • Other multiples of 90°. • Use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles. • Distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. • Draw 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles. • Recognise, describe and build simple 3D shapes, including making nets. • Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons. • Illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius. • Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite and find missing angles. 

To describe position, direction and movement  • Describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and threequarter turns.
• Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences. • Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and threequarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise). 
• Recognise angles as a property of shape and as an amount of rotation.
• Identify right angles, recognise that 2 right angles make a half turn and 4 make a whole turn. • Identify angles that are greater than a right angle. • Describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant. • Describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down. • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon. 
• Identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed.
• Describe positions on the full coordinate grid. (all four quadrants) • Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes. 

To use measures  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:
•lengths and heights. •mass/weight. •capacity and volume. •time. • Measure and begin to record: •lengths and heights. •mass/weight. •capacity and volume. •time. (hours, minutes, seconds). • Recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes. • Sequence events in chronological order using language. • Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years. • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. • Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels. • Compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =. • Recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value. • Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change. • Compare and sequence intervals of time. • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day. 
• Measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml).
• Measure the perimeter of simple 2D shapes. • Add and subtract amounts of money to give change. (£ and p) • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12hour and 24hour clocks. • Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use appropriate vocabulary. • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year. • Compare durations of events. • Convert between different units of measure. (for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute) • Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres. • Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares. • Estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence. • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24hour clocks. • Solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days. 
• Convert between different units of metric measure.
• Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints. • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres. • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes. • Estimate volume and capacity. • Solve problems involving converting between units of time. • Use all four operations to solve problems involving measure (for example, length, mass, volume, money) using decimal notation, including scaling. • Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate. • Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places. • Convert between miles and kilometres. • Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa. • Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes. • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units. 

To use statistics  • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
• Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity. • Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data. 
• Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.
• Solve onestep and twostep questions (for example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’) using information presented in scaled bar charts, pictograms and tables. • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs. • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs. 
• Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph.
• Complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables. • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems. • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average. 

To use algebra  • Solve addition and subtraction problems involving missing numbers.  • Solve addition and subtraction, multiplication and division problems that involve missing numbers.  • Use simple formulae.
• Generate and describe linear number sequences. • Express missing number problems algebraically. • Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns. • Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables. 

• Solve addition and subtraction problems involving missing numbers.  • Solve addition and subtraction, multiplication and division problems that involve missing numbers.  • Use simple formulae.
• Generate and describe linear number sequences. • Express missing number problems algebraically. • Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns. • Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables. 