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Worple Primary School

Worple Primary School
Mathematics at Worple Primary School


At Worple we teach a Maths curriculum that equips children with the tools to be able to problem solve, reason logically and think in abstract ways.

Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics which will stay with them for life.

We follow the White Rose Mathematics Program - You can find the Scheme of Learning for each year group here - White Rose Primary Scheme of Learning

As a school we are working toward becoming 'Maths Mastery Ready' - The White Rose schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. The White Rose schemes have number at the heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.

What is Maths Mastery?

Maths Mastery is an approach to learning which enables children to adopt a deep, secure and adaptable understanding of the key areas of mathematics. Maths is about going deeper and understanding the process, not just finding the answer or accelerating onto new content. Through a mastery approach, there is challenge for all, meaning that all children are completing the same work but still with scaffolding in place. By exploring different methods through concrete resources and pictures, children become confident in understanding the abstract. At Worple we encourage children to find patterns, make connections and be able to explain their reasoning. In our teaching, we include aspects of the 5 big ideas to support the teaching of a maths mastery lesson.

The 5 big ideas of Maths Mastery:

  • Coherence
  • Variation
  • Fluency
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Representation and Structure.


maths mastery


Why do we teach it?

Maths can be a bit like marmite, some people love it and others do not. It is very easy for children to have a negative maths mindset because they are worried about making mistakes or not understanding the task. Maths Mastery gives children the tools to explore with maths strategies that work for them, make mistakes without feeling judged and understand the connections between what they’re learning and everyday life.  

Summary of Maths Mastery:

  • The class working together on the same topic
  • Speedy teacher intervention to prevent gaps
  • Challenge provided by going deeper not accelerating
  • Focused, rigorous and thorough teaching
  • More time on teaching topics – depth and practice
  • Children finding strategies which work for them.

How can I support my child in maths at home?

  • Build on their knowledge through games, songs and puzzles.
  • Use maths in everyday life (telling the time, time taken to travel to places, cooking measures, folding napkins into shapes, money when shopping, cutting and serving food for fractions).
  • Use pictures and physical resources that you have at home.
  • Regular times tables practise to develop fluency and confidence.
  • Talk about days of the week, weeks in a month, months in a year.
  • Remind them that mistakes are good and help make their brains bigger!