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At Minehead First we believe that all children can achieve in maths and we strive for our children to be enthusiastic mathematicians who are fluent, efficient and resilient problem solvers.   


Minehead First Mathematicians are… 


In phase specific mathematical facts, concepts and procedures. 

Able to apply and make connections in different contexts 


In choosing the most appropriate procedure based on sound

mathematical understanding and reasoning 


With a positive and adaptive mindset, reflecting, adapting and persevering. 

Problem Solvers 

Apply knowledge and skills to a variety or routine and non-routine problems. 

Independently break down problems into smaller steps. 


Mathematics enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in the world around them. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.  


Through our inspiring and ambitious mathematics curriculum we aim to equip each, and every child with the self-confidence and resilience to reach their full potential by ensuring that they have the tools to calculate fluently, reason logically, problem solve and think in abstract ways. These are the crucial life skills that the children will utilise beyond school.   


We believe that a growth mindset is paramount to becoming resilient mathematicians, so mistakes are celebrated to provide learning opportunities for all by discussing misconceptions together. 


We will do this by... 


  • Building a deep conceptual understanding of maths and its interrelated content so that the children can apply their learning in different situations 

  • Developing children’s ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary. 

  • Having ‘mistake friendly’ classrooms where children see mistakes as learning tools, so nobody is afraid to have a go and share their thoughts and ideas –an emphasis will be placed upon developing the power to ‘think’ and reason why, rather than just the ‘do’. 

  • Instilling the mind-set in every child and staff member that everyone can do maths and that maths is fun! 

  • Delivering an inspiring and engaging mathematics curriculum, taught by enthusiastic staff, which sparks curiosity and excitement and which nurtures confidence in maths. 




Each week children in Years 1 – 4 are expected to complete at least 15 minutes a week on either their Numbots or TTRS accounts.  This is to help support with the embedding of factual fluency in known number facts to help reduce to the cognitive load when applying these to problem solving. 


Numbots - Children in Years 1 to 4 will have their Numbots login details stored inside their home link book. 


Times Tables Rock Stars - Children in Years 3 and 4 (Year 2 from spring term) will have their TTRS login details stored inside their home link book. 


Other useful links 


Topmarks – a platform providing a multitude of maths and literacy interactive games 


Daily10 – provides 10 maths questions on a range of maths concepts which are useful for mental maths and building automaticity and fluency. 


Hit the button – an interactive game with quick fire questions against the timer on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples and division facts. A fun way to enhance recall of vital number facts.