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Maths Makes Sense

The children at Bowes learn Maths using Maths Makes Sense (MMS), a carefully designed maths programme that uses special vocabulary, physical actions and concrete objects like cups to help them become confident mathematicians. 

To give children the best chance of becoming confident mathematicians, they need repeated practice with basic number skills. They need to know these skills by heart and to be able to use them easily. 

Maths Makes Sense identifies the key concepts children need to learn to achieve success in Maths. These are known as the '10 Big Ideas' - addition, subtraction, equals, multiplication, division, denomination, ratio, infinity, the symbols speak to you and the language tells you the answer. Children are taught these concepts and use them consistently so that understanding grows over time and they are able to apply Maths successfully to real life examples. 

More information can be found on the Maths Makes Sense website at:

Please click on the individual Year Group tabs to find MMS Games to play at home.

The documents below provide the following information:

1. An overview of Maths Makes Sense

2. Progress Ladders showing long-term progression by strand

3. Medium-term planning showing end-of-block objectives and cross-curricular links

  1. Maths Makes Sense Overview
  2. Arithmetic 1 Progress Ladder
  3. Geometry Progress Ladder
  4. Data and Measure Progress Ladder
  5. Arithmetic 2 Progress Ladder
  6. Reasoning Progress Ladder
  7. MMS 1 Medium Term Plan
  8. MMS 2 Medium Term Plan
  9. MMS 3 Medium Term Plan
  10. MMS 4 Medium Term Plan
  11. MMS 5 Medium Term Plan