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How children at Harbour use their knowledge of Mathematics in other areas of the curriculum

Mathematics at Harbour provides the key to understanding across many subjects. Enabling children to apply their understanding of Maths concepts in the context of other subjects will facilitate a deeper understanding.

We place a great emphasis on developing our children’s mathematical fluency, as confidence in numeracy is a crucially important pre-condition for success across the national curriculum.

Maths is integral to many subjects across the curriculum at Harbour. Map reading in Geography requires skills in interpretation of scale to measure distances. Analysing weather patterns demands key mathematical skills.

DT requires children to work with measurements, shapes and 3D mathematical modelling.

The opportunities in Science to use Maths learning in a real world context are numerous. Children are required to test predictions, record and measure, apply mathematical concepts, calculate results, use and interpret data appropriately and create tables and graphs.

Maths and English work together to further deepen children’s understanding and create opportunities to communicate mathematical thinking.

Children use their language skills to communicate their ideas mathematically and justify their reasoning using modelled language. Writing up experiments that involve the interpretation of data can back up an argument with evidence (this could relate to climate change, or selling a design for a product in a DT lesson).

Our staff work hard to make these connections explicit to our children, and this, in turn, can enhance the retention of mathematical knowledge, translating it from the working memory into the long term memory. We value the importance of contextualising Maths learning, wherever possible, within our Maths lessons, we use real life problems where children can see how the Maths theory they have just learned can be applied in a context that is familiar to them. We call this ‘wrapping language around Maths’ at Harbour. Children are encouraged to create a story to illustrate a mathematical concept or a process.    

Some examples of Maths being utilized to support learning across other curriculum subjects:


Create topographical maps of locations, identifying patterns such as: land use, climate zones, population densities and height of land.

Collect and analyse statistics and other information in order to draw clear conclusions about locations.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.

Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

Use locational and directional language such as near, far, left, right to describe location of features on a map.

Identify the position and significance of latitude, longtitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle. , the Prime Greewich Meridian and time zones.


I can describe the route taken by a toy vehicle.

I can follow my own plan for where the toy vehicle should move. ( linked to angles)

I can control the forwards, backwards and rotation of a floor robot one step at a time.

I can program a 3-step route for a floor turtle.

I can use repetition in my code. For example, using a loop that continues until a condition is met such as the correct answer being entered.

I can use timers within my program designs more accurately to create repetition effects.

I can collect data and input it into software.

I can analyse data using features within the software, such as formulae in 2Calculate (spreadsheets).

I can present data and information using different software such as 2Question (branching database) or 2Graph (graphing tool).


Work safely and accurately with a range of simple tools

Use tools safely and accurately

Construct products using permanent joining techniques

Measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials, using appropriate tools, equipment and techniques

Join and combine materials and components accurately in temporary and permanent ways.

To know how to measure ingredients using simple measures i.e. cup, table spoon

To know how to measure ingredients accurately using different units


Key Mathematical skills: Gather, compare, sort data,  look for patterns, measure, record and interpret data, construct graphs, charts, tables, pictograms

Ask and answer questions about the local environment that help them to identify and study a variety of plants and animals within their habitat.

Observe how living things depend on each other, for example, plants serving as a source of food and shelter for animals.

Pupils should compare animals in familiar habitats with animals found in less familiar habitats, for example, on the seashore, in woodland, in the ocean, in the rainforest.

Sort and classify things according to whether they are living, dead or were never alive, and recording their findings using charts.

Measure shadows and find out how they are formed.

Air resistance- design and make parachutes

Set up comparative tests ( eg: plants need light and water to stay healthy)

Make systematic and careful observations and take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment , including thermometers and data loggers.

Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways