Maths at Perton Primary Academy


At Perton, we aim to develop open-minded, passionate mathematicians by making it an enjoyable subject that creates life-long learners. Through embracing mistakes, we aim to create resilient learners.

What is mastery?

The mastery approach means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. This enables each learner to move on to apply their learning in lots of different contexts and in other subject areas. Since mastery is what we want pupils to acquire, we use the phrase ‘mastery approach’ to describe our classroom practice and organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.

To achieve this we use Numicon Firm Foundations in EYFS, White Rose Maths in KS1 and KS2 and we also utilise Mastering Number to develop our learner’s mathematical fluency.

Curriculum aims:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Please use the link below to access the National curriculum:

National Curriculum

To see our documents, please click on the links below:

Calculation Policy - Place Value

Calculation Policy - Addition and Subtraction

Calculation Policy - Multiplication and Division

EYFS Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans

Maths Progression Documents

Maths Progression Overview

Mastering Number Reception Overview

Mastering Number Year 1 Overview

Mastering Number Year 2 Overview


The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


Writing at Perton Primary Academy

Throughout the school, all children will be taught using the rationale and approach of the Write Stuff in order to improve writing outcomes. It is written by Jane Considine who is a teacher, successful author and educational consultant and her framework is used in thousands of schools across the country.
There is a strong emphasis on vocabulary – using high quality effectively words – both orally and in written forms. The approach builds pupils’ confidence with sentence structure and organisation of their ideas – thus strengthening the cohesion of their writing.
At the start of each text, teachers plan imaginative, experience sessions to hook the children into the book. Teachers follow an immersive narrative approach, to fully engage the children “into” the book and its characters .
Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing which are taught under the structural framework of the Writing Rainbow below:

Writing Rainbow

These are known as lenses.
The FANTASTICS begin in EYFS and are built on throughout the school using the majority of lenses by Year 4. The system is very visual and clear with image prompts linked to the National Curriculum expectations as well as ideas and flair for writing.
Writing lessons consist of short-burst activities, with an emphasis on crafting and constructing sentences – where teachers and pupils are actively participating in the session in learning conversations in preparation for quality writing.
The writing progression documents across Perton Academy are attached below:

Writing Progression

Perton Primary Academy Writing Journey


The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At Perton Prmary Academy, Science is delivered as part of our Topic Curriculum which is primarily taken from the Curriculum Maestro units. For more information on how this is structured, see the topic overview and knowledge organisers below:

Science Overview

EYFS Nursery Science

EYFS Science

Knowledge Organisers

Year 1

Seasonal Changes

Year 2


Human Survival

Year 3

Forces and Magnets

Year 4

Grouping and Classifying


Subject on a Page

Science Subject on a Page