‘There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.’

                                                                          Edsger Dijkstra


Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and interact with the world. When teaching maths in the White Rose Federation, we aim to inspire, equipping our children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to become confident, lifelong mathematicians. We endeavour to make maths for children within our school as meaningful and exciting as possible using practical resources and making links to real-life application whenever possible. We encourage children to be independent, resilient thinkers, who develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that remains throughout their lives.

In line with the National Curriculum for mathematics, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems

• can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Our curriculum has been designed with progression in mind, ensuring that existing knowledge and skills are built on over time. We follow the White Rose Maths scheme, with supplementing resources used to extend fluency, reasoning and problem solving within maths lessons. When new concepts are introduced, children are encouraged to be able to move fluently between different representations and methods. Pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the areas of maths at broadly the same pace. However, pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged from the outset and throughout a lesson, through a range of reasoning and problem-solving based questions to ensure that there is an appropriate level of challenge for all pupils. In doing so, our pupils are encouraged to use a rich variety of mathematical language to describe, discuss, examine, explain, justify and reason.


At the White Rose Federation, we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding, with the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and real-life, everyday scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

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