Herts for Learning subject experts have designed an easy to pick up and use set of sequences with step by step guidance covering the entire mathematics curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6.  Designed to support teachers, the planning includes examples of how concrete and pictorial representations can benefit pupils’ learning as well as other mastery techniques. The ESSENTIALmaths planning tool has a wealth of ideas to deepen and extend mathematical thinking for all learners.


    The ESSENTIALmaths sequences have been design to benefit schools, teachers and pupils delivering carefully planned progression that ensures consistency. The inbuilt examples of what children should be able to achieve through destination questions allows teachers to keep assessing and informing the children’s learning against age-related expectations. In addition, the fun and easily adaptable games, activities and resources are built in, saving time for teachers enabling them to reinvest their valuable time and focus on the needs of their pupils.


    Updated March 2020

    The summer planning resources have been updated to include:

    • destination question support for each sequence in the Summer term. Examples of pupils’ responses are provided. Hazard guidance supports teachers to consider pupils’ readiness to tackle the questions or need for further practice.
    • long term plan overviews for the full year.

    Free samples

    Autumn 1 and 2

    Single years are also available for both.

    Spring 1 and 2

    Single years are also available for both.

    Summer 1 and 2

    Single years are also available for both.

    Mixed age planning

    Current PA Plus subscribers only:

    Autumn term

    Available to purchase:

    Spring term

    Summer term

    Diagnostic tests

    Current PA Plus subscribers only:

    PA Plus subscribers

    PA Plus subscribers get FREE ACCESS to all Autumn term planning resources:


    KS1 Mathematics TAFs

    KS1 Test papers

    2019 Key Stage 1 Mathematics test papers mapped against ESSENTIALmaths



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