At Dunalley, we place great importance on children developing a secure and deep understanding of maths. We strive to create a learning culture where all children believe they can achieve through hard work and determination. Through the use of practical resources, visual representations and quality talk we aim to develop children’s conceptual understanding as a ‘mastery’ approach. Our intention is to nourish children’s mathematical thinking and curiosity so that they can confidently and flexibly, reason and solve problems.

Our planning ensures that all of these elements are incorporated into our units of workOur medium-term plans support teaching by providing a coherent learning journey through the key stages, focusing on small steps as key learning points. Our maths lessons are divided between intelligent practice which introduces new learning and deliberate practice which consolidates previously taught materialWithin our lesson design, children understand that explaining mistakes and misconceptions is an essential part of learning. Teachers use CanDoMaths to support lesson planning and to help foster a positive ‘can do’ attitude towards maths. This allows for teaching and consolidation through the planned units of work, ensures a secure and deep understanding and helps children to see maths as an interconnected subject.    

We place great importance on securing an understanding of place value, number facts and written algorithms. Our termly plans ensure that children’s procedural fluency is continually developed so that number facts are learnt to automaticity. In addition to this, in EYFS and key stage 1, we are part of the NCETM Mastering Number Programme. Additional programmes such as TTRockstars and Numbots allow children to practise and consolidate number facts. 

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge, skills and understanding around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating units of work and lessons. Our staff have spent considerable time developing their long-term curriculum maps for their year groups to ensure that the full requirements of the National Curriculum are met.

These subject specific documents outline the content of the curriculum for each year group, across the academic year and provide an excellent insight into what each year group will be teaching.

To access our curriculum progression maps please click on the following links:

OPEN DAY for 2024 Starters

20 Nov 2023

Another OPEN DAY for September 2024 Starters will take place on January 9th 2024 at 9.30am to 10.30am - please just come along!
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OPAL Bingo - Winners

15 Nov 2023

Coming Soon !
Another OPAL Bingo opportunity

OPAL Platinum Award

18 Apr 2023

Awarded Platinum
This award means that Dunalley primary has some of the best lunchtime play opportunities in the country for all their pupils.

Sports Day

24 Mar 2023

Sports Day 
KS2 - 11th July 
KS1 - 13th July

OPAL Bingo

31 Jan 2023

The competition has started, which class can conmplete their OPAL Bingo card?

Parent Walkthrough - Read, Write Inc KS1

13 Jan 2023

Parents/Carers are invited to our Walk through on Thursday 2nd February from 9am to 9.30am

Healthy Schools Award

16 Dec 2022

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award

Year 6 Art

21 Nov 2022

Our Year 6 children have prodiced some fabulous art work.

Call of the Wild

04 Oct 2022

Our Year 6 residential week is underway.The children are having a fabulous time.

Y6 - Secondary School Open Days

16 Sep 2022

Over the coming few weeks there are a number of open days in the local area that we would like to make you aware of.