Primary School

Learning, achieving, working together


At Micklem, maths is more than just calculations.  Maths is a way of solving problems that we may experience in day-to-day life.  We spend time everyday working on our fluency, the core skills in mathematics, so that we can use these in a variety of ways.  We follow the Herts for Learning Essentials Planning for maths which enables us to consider not only what we know, but why we know it and how we can use it to learn new information.  We strive for every child to perceive themselves as mathematicians and encourage children to embrace mistake-making as this supports further learning and understanding.

We don't just teach the tricks. We discuss and look at every point of view, even incorrect ones, to understand what steps we need to take.

Bar Modelling


At Micklem, we strive to support every child to access every area of the maths curriculum.  To support children to break down and access trickier problems we have adopted bar modelling as a way of representing questions.  Bar modelling is a tool that can break even the most complex of word questions down into a simple diagram which can then allow the children to use their maths skills to answer them.

Have a look at how word problems can be broken down using a diagram.

Maths at Micklem!


All pupils in Year one to six have access to Mathletics with their own username and password. Their teachers may set them homework to complete first or they may be able to just choose  any area of learning they like. Pupils can choose to challenge themselves online against mathematicians from around the world or to earn learning points by working on a a topic they want to improve. Correct  answers gain points and the children with the most points will be our winning Mathletes.


Below is a list of curriculum expectations for maths; what the children should be learning in each Year group.