Guidance

Teaching mathematics in primary schools

Guidance for teaching mathematics at key stages 1 and 2 to help pupils progress through the national curriculum.

Documents

Mathematics guidance: introduction

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Mathematics guidance: year 1

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Mathematics guidance: year 2

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Mathematics guidance: year 3

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Mathematics guidance: year 4

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Mathematics guidance: year 5

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Mathematics guidance: year 6

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Mathematics guidance: key stages 1 and 2 (covers years 1 to 6)

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Details

This guidance is for:

  • school leaders
  • teachers and other school staff
  • governing bodies

You can use this guidance to help plan teaching the statutory mathematics curriculum in primary schools in England. This guidance:

  • identifies the core concepts that are needed for pupils to progress in their study of mathematics
  • demonstrates how pupils can build their understanding of these concepts from year 1 to year 6

Short videos that introduce and summarise this guidance are also available.

Teachers may find this guidance particularly helpful in planning and prioritising the curriculum following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance is intended to support teaching. Teachers using alternative high-quality plans for delivering the national curriculum can continue to do so

Further support for maths teachers is available through our maths hubs programme.

Published 6 July 2020