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National Curriculum: Progression Maps

Created on 28 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 20 August 2014 by ncetm_administrator

Progression Maps for Key Stages 1 and 2

The progression maps are structured using the topic headings as they appear in the National Curriculum.

Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Ratio and Proportion
Geometry - properties of shapes
Geometry - position and direction
Guidance Notes


Each of the above categories has been divided into sub categories to illustrate progression in key areas.

All programmes of study statements are included and some appear twice. This is indicated in the text. This occurs where:

  • The statement has central relevance to more than one sub category within a topic;
  • The statement has central relevance to more than one mathematics topic. This is done to reflect the aims of the curriculum that pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems (Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 page 3). However the connections made are not intended to be exhaustive and teachers should seek to support pupils in making other connections.

Progression Maps for Key Stage 3

Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change
Geometry and Measures
Probability and Statistics



The definitions in the glossary refer to the words and terms as they are used in the programmes of study. This document is based on an earlier publication Mathematics glossary for teachers in key stages 1 to 4 published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in 2003. It is intended to be used alongside the 2014 National Curriculum for teachers to check the meaning of the terms.





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17 September 2017 13:26
Why does the glossary contain so many terms that are not in the NC? Addend and subtrahend for example.
By lstaples
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05 December 2016 19:22
all but one is still difficult to download
By adenolu
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16 September 2016 09:56
Can they be put on as a ziped file so all can be downloaded in one go?
By jowalk
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19 November 2014 11:24
The progression maps for reasoning skills can be found on the reasoning skills page at: https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/44672
19 November 2014 10:34
Where are the progression maps with reasoning i.e. updated version of these? Can't seem to access them anymore!
By Tiri74
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28 October 2014 11:05
Excellent progression maps; really useful for schools. Thank you.
By LynneJ
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07 July 2014 15:09
Excellent Progression Maps. Hope we can achieve this for KS3 and KS4 (Emerging, Expected, Exceeded???)
By RKU24
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24 June 2014 11:18
If the expertise within the NCETM are finding it challenging then this is going to be equally challenging for teachers of pupils in KS3.
19 June 2014 10:07
Rosie - Since the Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 (unlike those for Key Stages 1 and 2) are not broken down into year groups, it is not as straightforward to produce a progression map that suggests a chronological order for teaching within each topic area. We are currently reviewing how we can augment the existing KS3-related resources. Please keep an eye on our News section for announcements.
19 June 2014 10:02
Are there going to be KS3 Progression Maps available?
By rosieahines
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12 June 2014 17:34
Statistics and KS3 probability only goes up to year 6. Is there something we should know?
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09 June 2014 09:08
magval - can you let us know of any error messages you're getting, or any problems you're having, please? Can you email us at info@ncetm.org.uk?
07 June 2014 10:49
I'm having trouble downloading these documents.

By magval
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03 June 2014 13:13
Very useful glossary for staff -Thanks!
By redmaths72
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11 April 2014 14:51
These are fantastic! When will the assessment question rows be added to the progression maps (such as the draft example shown at the 2Day Conference in London)? Thanks.
03 February 2014 11:14
The quicklinks on this page are not yet active. We will make them live, once all the content for the resource tool has been published. The quick links are an alternative method of reaching the content. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
01 February 2014 00:00
me too
By annpeddle
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30 January 2014 17:17
Hi, have tried accessing 4 of the quicklinks and they are all access denied. Is this because they don't exist yet or I'm doing something wrong. J
By walpole
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26 January 2014 15:20
I am having problems down loading word documents of progression sheets. Wendy King
By waking50
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