The revised maths curriculum was designed to ensure that children develop: fluency; reasoning and problem solving. The teaching of maths at our school should enable children to develop as confident mathematicians who are skilled in fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

Maths at Horbury Primary Academy

Maths is integral to everyday life and with this in mind, we want to ensure that all of our children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards this subject, one that will stay with them forever. The fundamental skills that children learn in maths today will prepare them well for the future. At Horbury Primary Academy, we want children to reach their full potential in maths and most importantly to understand that maths is fun and to be enjoyed!

At Horbury Primary Academy, we offer pupils a rich and enjoyable experience in mathematics by providing the knowledge, skills, concepts and processes that are appropriate to each individual and that relate to the world around them. This provision will enable each pupil to:

  • Develop a positive and confident attitude towards mathematics and to achieve their full mathematical potential
  • Develop logical thinking, enquiring minds and an ability to record in a systematic way
  • Use maths to interpret, predict, explain and solve problems involving as many practical experiences as possible
  • Develop the correct mathematical vocabulary and other skills necessary to express their thinking and strategies in an appropriate manner
  • Develop their ability to work independently and collaboratively as appropriate
  • Use technology within maths lessons and in the development of their mathematical concepts
  • Use and apply their mathematical knowledge by making appropriate choices in real-life situations
  • To ensure that there is continuity and progression in maths throughout the school in line with the guidance from National Curriculum, Big Maths and Little Big Maths CLIC planning folder

General Teaching Aims for Mathematics

  • To recognise that mathematics is a body of knowledge and children should be encouraged to remember vocabulary, notations, conventions and results, leading to them developing the skill of rapid recall.
  • To develop skills in the correct use of equipment such as rulers, compasses, protractors etc. and to recognise when the use of such equipment is appropriate and encourage the children to use the correct equipment.
  • To make explicit links between real life problems, as this will develop an understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • To recognise that mathematics is a life skill and to ensure that real life contexts are used as frequently as possible.
  • To develop strategies and skills e.g. decision making, estimating, approximating, linking to previous work, simplifying tasks, reasoning, testing hypotheses and good working habits.
  • To develop the use of technology, especially the interactive whiteboard and increasing use of apps. This offers a powerful tool in the modelling of mathematical concepts and is used wherever it is felt to be appropriate.
  • To develop cross-curricular links, by using pupils’ mathematical understanding, skills and strategies in other subject areas whenever this is appropriate. Look for opportunities to implement maths throughout the topic and science in particular.
  • Each year offers a balance of the elements of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of number and in particular mental calculation skills.


Early Years

Children develop their understanding of number and space, shape and measures.

Key Stage One and Two

Mathematics is a core subject and is divided into the following areas;


  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions



  • Properties of shapes
    Position and direction


Ratio and proportion (Year 6)

Algebra (Year 6)

Continuity and progression are ensured and is appropriately differentiated to meet the needs of our children.


Long Term Plan KS1 and KS2

In Maths, we use Lancs maths which is subscription based. As this is copyrighted material, we are not able to display this information. We supplement Lancs maths with the White Rose Schemes of Learning.


Useful websites

These are helpful Maths websites to use with your children:



Big Maths - A Guide for Horbury Primary Academy Parents

Big Maths is a teaching method used at Horbury Primary Academy that embraces the logical nature of maths, translating it into simple Steps and Progress Drives. This makes progress easy and fun for both children and teachers, giving all children the opportunity to achieve. Progress is checked on a weekly basis when the children take part in ‘Big Maths Beat That’.

The Big Maths teaching programme is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives). This makes new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.

Adults in our school can easily and accurately intervene and plug gaps where necessary. The Progress Drives help to prevent future gaps from developing as all children make their way through the system with the necessary pre-requisite skills to meet new learning with further success and confidence.

CLIC sessions are fast and fun! This daily sequential programme of mental maths provision has a strong emphasis on learned facts which aids the development of children’s mental agility when working with these facts. Our children work mainly on whiteboards so then teachers can ‘brain scan’ their answers. The sessions are fast paced as children need to have maths facts instantly available, rather than counting on their fingers.

Big Maths provides our children with a fun and lively experience as they learn with jingles, songs, games and the famous Big Maths Characters.


Why have we chosen to use Big Maths?

  • Clear progression from year to year
  • Common language and methods taught are used throughout the school
  • Builds on prior learning and ensures children are secure in their knowledge
  • Objectives are clearly matched to National Curriculum 2014 objectives
  • Improve mental maths skills and general mathematics across the school
  • Insists on every child learning


What is CLIC?

Big Maths is based upon the principle that there are 4 core skills that lie at the heart of maths. These core skills form the platform for virtually all other maths skills and are affectionately known as CLIC ….


Learn Its

It’s Nothing New



CLIC is fundamental to mathematical development as it is the learning sequence through which we all develop our numeracy skills.

Learn to count (C)

Learn to remember totals as facts (L)

Apply these facts to new situations through swapping the thing being counted (I)

Apply the first three elements into a formal calculation (C)


By implementing this programme we can ensure that all children have a constant, daily drive to up-level their mathematics knowledge and skills.


Counting – Counting is done in many ways including counting forwards and backwards in various increments; work on place value and reading and ordering numbers.

Learn Its – Learn Its are 72 number facts which are learnt throughout the years from Reception to Year 4. They are split across the different terms so that each class works on a few Learn Its at a time, to ensure they are fully embedded. 36 are addition facts and 36 are multiplication facts; these are learnt in class and practiced at home and are tested once a week in school through the ‘Big Maths Beat That!’ Challenge.

It’s Nothing New – Children use a bank of facts and methods that they already have, to solve problems and that each step of progress is very small; children will use and apply their skills and methods to a range of different situations and problems.

Calculation – This is often the main part of the maths lesson which focuses on teaching solid written and mental methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children move through progress drives which introduce small, focused steps of progress throughout the year.


CLIC on a Thursday or Friday will be a challenge session where the children all take part in Big Maths Beat That! This consists of CLIC Challenges and Learn Its. The CLIC Challenge is 10 questions relating to concepts taught at a child’s own level throughout the daily CLIC sessions and the Learn Its Challenge is a timed challenge which covers all the addition and multiplication facts needed. The aim is to beat their previous score.


Meet the Big Maths Characters

During each lesson on numbers, the children will experience CLIC taught in various ways, often using the Big Maths characters below.

This friendly alien is Pim, the ‘principle of irrelevant matter’! That means that number facts stay the same and it doesn’t matter what you are counting:

3+4=7 is true if you are counting dogs, chocolates, metres, boys, girls or teachers!

Pom is Pim’s friend. He helps children learn specific maths vocabulary so that they can talk about their maths. The space on his tummy is for multiples!

Pom helps the children to learn about factors, square numbers and prime numbers.

When Pom is left with only two factors the number on his tummy is a prime.

Meet Squigglesworth, he is the Place Value Pet!

What is that squiggle worth?

Mully helps children to put numbers in order and work with multiples.

Speedy Col appears for column methods. She is full of energy. She does everything quickly but also carefully too! She likes everything to be done properly and is motivated to get the right results.

SUPER-Fab helps children to hold numbers in their head, do something else and then come back to those numbers. SUPER-Fab reminds children that they are challenged to do something mentally.


How can I help my child?

Help your child to practise their ‘Learn Its’ at home.

*Insist that numbers are written the correct way round

*Ask your child to tell you about Big Maths.

*Praise!  Celebrate the successes.

*Make maths a positive experience


For more information, please visit the Big Maths Website: http://www.andrelleducation.com/big-maths/

Please click here for our Big Maths Parents’ Meeting Information


  • Maths Non-Negotiables

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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