School of Education

  • Primary mathematics

    Welcome to the Oxford Brookes website for primary mathematics teachers. We hope that you will find this site helpful and that you will enjoy using some of the resources and links.


    Useful booklets with examples of classroom strategies:

    • Mathematical Challenges booklet  – National Numeracy Strategy booklet contains a bank of mathematical problems and puzzles for KS1 and KS2
    • Reasoning about number (with simplifications and challenges)  – National Numeracy Strategy booklet contains a bank of number problems and puzzles for KS1 and KS2. These are designed to promote mathematical reasoning. Suggestions are given for how you might adapt each activity to make it more accessible and more challenging
    • Shape and space activities  – National Numeracy Strategy booklet contains a bank of shape and space problems and puzzles for KS1 and KS2. They are designed to help develop children’s visualisation skills

    National Strategies resources

    • Mathematics vocabulary booklet  – this booklet outlines the key mathematical vocabulary children might learn and use in each topic for each year group
    • Models and images charts  – this set of charts show a range of models and images that could be used to promote understanding of the following key areas of mathematics: ordering numbers to 100, addition and subtraction facts, counting on and back in ones and tens, partitioning and recombining, understanding addition and subtraction, understanding multiplication and division
    • Teaching children to calculate mentally booklet  – this booklet outlines some key mental calculation strategies that children will learn to use through primary school. It describes progression and development of each strategy and suggests some activities that might be used with children to rehearse each strategy
    • Steps to Success  – this website houses some of the National Strategy resources that were produced to support schools in providing effective intervention in mathematics.

    Recent reports about mathematics in primary schools

    Useful websites

    • Nrich  – provides a wealth of guidance and resources to promote rich mathematical learning in schools. Use the Primary Teachers Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum tools to find problems that develop learning in a particular topic.
    • National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)  – contains many resources to support mathematics teachers and promote professional development in mathematics. Monthly Primary Magazines and Early Years Magazines provide creative ideas for developing mathematics in schools.