Maths is a fundamental area of the curriculum at Bankwood. Skills are initially taught through ‘Maths Makes Sense’, supported by the calculation policy which ensures consistency and progression through school. Maths sessions aim to develop children’s fluency, their ability to think around a problem and explain the process they have taken.

As maths is an essential part of day to day life, the enrichment sessions provide many opportunities to show a deep understanding of the subject as children tackle projects within a real life context. Enabling then to use the maths skills they have learnt and apply them to a variety of tasks.


At Bankwood we begin in FS2 and Key Stage 1 by teaching maths with Maths Makes Sense. Maths Makes Sense aims to develop a true understanding of maths right from the start. It supports the teaching of thinking skills and problem solving, which is encouraged through all areas of our curriculum.

Children use cups to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a very practical way. It combines objects, actions and memorable vocabulary to enable all children to access and enjoy maths and setting a firm foundation which can be built upon and extended as children progress through school in Key Stage 2.