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Learning objectives | Planning | Assessment

Foundation | Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6


Core aspects of learning

Use and apply mathematics

Count, compare and order numbers, and describe relationships between them

Secure knowledge of number facts which can be recalled quickly and used and applied appropriately

Calculate efficiently and accurately

Position and transform shapes, recognise and use their properties to visualise and construct

Measure accurately using appropriate units, interpret and compare scales

Process, present and interpret data to pose and answer questions


Word downloadCore learning in mathematics: by year
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Mathematics learning objectives

The objectives can be presented in two ways by year, as structured in the 1999 Framework, and, in response to requests to make progression clearer, across each of the seven strands of mathematics. The objectives cover the Foundation Stage to Year 6, along with objectives that show Year 6 progression to Year 7. The organisation and range of objectives are designed to help you to plan across the primary age range, and to prepare learning for mixed-age and mixed-ability classes. The Year 6 progression to Year 7 identifies aspects of mathematics that Year 6 children who are working towards or beyond level 5 might be taught, in order to extend and challenge their learning.

The learning objectives promote the significant mathematical learning that needs to take place across the primary phase to secure confidence and accuracy in pupils' mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. The learning objectives for each year have been designed to identify progression within each strand. The revised objectives have implicit within them much of the specific detail to be found in the 1999 Framework but with a clearer and more explicit identification of the core aspects of mathematical learning and a stronger sense of progression within each aspect of mathematics. There are raised expectations in the revised learning objectives, with some having been clustered and condensed, and in some cases objectives have been moved to another year group.

Core learning in mathematics: strand by strand

Word downloadUse and apply mathematics
Word downloadCount, compare and order numbers, and describe relationships between them
Word downloadSecure knowledge of number facts which can be recalled quickly and used and applied appropriately
Word downloadCalculate efficiently and accurately
Word downloadPosition and transform shapes, recognising and using their properties to visualise and construct
Word downloadMeasure accurately using appropriate units, interpret and compare scales
Word downloadProcess, present and interpret data to pose and answer questions