Woodmanstern Primary

Secondary curriculum - Mathematics

Team Leader: Marie Nassor

Contact information:   mnassor@woodmansterne.london

Our Aims: At Woodmansterne we believe that there is no such thing as a maths ‘person’ and that all pupils can succeed in mathematics. We use a mastery approach which is designed to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every child. The mathematics department values depth over speed, children are encouraged to represent mathematical concepts using objects and pictures alongside numbers and symbols to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas. We ensure progress in maths through developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills



Key Learning

Autumn 1

Place value, addition and subtraction

·         Place value (including decimals)

·         Add and subtract (including decimals)

·         Estimation

·         Perimeter

·         Word problems

Autumn 2

Place value, multiplication and division

·         Factors, HCF, multiples, LCM

·         Multiply and divide (including decimals)

·         Area of rectangle and triangle

·         Calculate the mean

Spring 1

Geometry: 2D shape in a 3D world

·         Draw, measure and name acute and obtuse angles

·         Find unknown angles (straight lines, at a point, vertically opposite)

·         Properties of triangles and quadrilaterals

Spring 2


·         Equivalent fractions

·         Compare and order fractions and decimals

·         Change mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa

·         Fraction of a quantity

·         Multiply and divide fractions

Summer 1

Applications of algebra

·         Order of operations

·         Substitution

·         Simplify algebraic expressions

·         Solve word problems with expressions

·         Sequences (term-to-term, not nth term)

Summer 2

Percentages and pie charts

·         Construct and interpret statistical diagrams including pie charts

·         Convert between percentages, vulgar fractions and decimals

·         Percentage of a quantity

·         Find the whole, given the part and the percentage

Home Learning:

You will receive 1 – 1.5 hours of maths home learning per week in maths. Work will usually be consolidation or extension of work covered in class and may be in the form of reflection questions or research

Parents can support their child’s learning in a variety of ways;

Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.

Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.

Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.

Talk about numbers in sport. How many points does your team need to avoid relegation? How many goals/tries/conversions/points/runs has your team scored this season?

Cooking. Measure ingredients and set the timer together. Talk about fractions in cooking, for example ask them how many quarter cups make a cup.

Talk about the shape and size of objects and quantities - use the internet to find interesting facts like tallest and shortest people, or biggest and smallest buildings most and least populated cities, highest mountains or deepest valleys etc.

Talk about time. For example get them to work out what time you need to leave the house to get to school on time.

Look for maths on TV, newspapers, magazines and talk about it together.

Use newspapers. Talk to your child about percentages in special offers, probability in the weather reports and compare the salaries in the jobs section.

Solve maths problems at home. For example 'we have 3 pizzas cut into quarters, if we eat 10 quarters, how many will be left?’

Talk about shapesize and quantity. Use the internet to find interesting size facts like

Educational websites:


The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.  This website has lots of rich mathematical tasks and puzzles for pupils (and parents!) to try.


This website has lots of ideas about how parents can help their child with maths, give them a positive view of themselves, and their potential, help them with homework in productive ways, and give the sort of praise that will help them grow and learn in the future.


National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills.

Planned GCSE examination board: EDEXCEL