Primrose Maths

"Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers".
Shakuntala Devi

"What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature".
Shakuntala Devi


Our Vision

“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.” (National Curriculum 2014)

At Primrose, our aim is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians; who are equipped with a high-quality education that provides them with a foundation for understanding the world and the ability to reason mathematically. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude, as well as a deep understanding, that will stay with them for life.

Our Maths Curriculum

As a school we predominately embed the Mastery approach using the White Rose Maths programme. More recently, to help ensure quality first teaching, we have reviewed our long-term scheme of work to include the Ready to Progress criteria and ensure it meets the needs of our children. This overview will be adapted according to the ability of the children. 

Within the Mastery approach, children deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts becoming more confident and competent, ready to face new challenges. In doing this, children are supported to develop conceptual understanding by using models, pictorials and concrete resources so that they understand the abstract mathematical concepts that they are learning. It is important that pupils are secure in their knowledge and understanding across all mathematical areas and show resilience in their learning.



Teaching and learning

Mathematics is taught through three main strands: Varied Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Our teachers ensure effective learning through the use of the Concrete/Pictorial representation/Abstract approach. Stem sentences are used to aid understanding and retention of key knowledge and feedback journals are used to give children support that aids progress.

Wherever possible, mathematics draws upon real-life situations, and, according to their age and ability, the children will cover calculation strategies (including times tables), money, fractions, percentages, measure, geometry (shape, space and position), statistics (handling data).

Basic skills lessons are taught with the aim for children to calculate quickly and accurately, using and choosing efficient strategies, whether these are written or mental. The aim is for the children to be able to make calculations quickly and accurately, using logical methods to arrive at solutions to problems.


Mathematics in Our Early Years Reception Class

Primrose Lane Primary School is an early adopter of the new Early Years framework. This has been broken down into Number and Numerical Patterns. There are three Early Learning Goals for each, these are: Number: Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number; Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5; Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns: Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity; Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

The maths curriculum has been designed in a logical way using the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) to enable every child the opportunity to deepen their mathematical understanding and achieve the ELGs by the end of Reception. We have chosen to use the Development Matters document to support the children meet the ELGs.

Home Learning

We believe that home learning can support and consolidate maths learning.  Home learning is used as an opportunity for children to ‘revisit’ previously taught concepts.  To embed the retention of learning, teachers leave a gap between point of teaching and the time children practise at home.

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