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At Ashwell School, we follow the Herts for Learning ESSENTIALmaths scheme of work.


ESSENTIALmaths is written to support the curriculum for primary teachers. The sequences are written as a spiral curriculum in which learning is built upon step by step, sequence by sequence and year on year. It is aspirational and ensures progression and coverage through the primary phase.

Sequences promote whole class teaching rather than streaming or ability groups – differentiation is implicit throughout. It includes access, modelled examples of resource and pictorial use, intelligent practice, scaffolded practice examples, small step progression and highlighted opportunities for pupils to explore concepts at greater depth.

Documents that support the planning:

  • Herts for Learning Progression in Bar Modelling
  • Herts for Learning Mental Maths Progression

Year 1 programme of study

Year 2 programme of study

Year 3 programme of study

Year 4 programme of study

Year 5 programme of study

Year 6 programme of study

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview

The following document is to help parents understand what we teach, when we teach it and why we teach it.

The following documents are to show how knowledge and skills are organised in maths:

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