The big ideas underpinning our approach to Mathematics:

  • Automaticity is vital. Instant recall of basic facts and written calculation methods frees up pupils' working memories, enabling them to experience greater success when reasoning and problem-solving.
  • Fluency goes beyond automaticity, and consists of accuracy, flexibility and efficiency. We only enable children to become fluent mathematicians when they reason through fluency, having discussions such as "Which approach is most efficient method and why?"
  • All pupils are capable of achieving in Mathematics. A mastery approach ensures that the vast majority of children move through the curriculum at broadly the same pace.
  • Pupils are given lots of opportunities to deepen their thinking. We believe that children become successful at reasoning when they see teachers modelling this regularly, when they are asked probing questions, and when they are given the time and space to think about big ideas. 
The following image captures some extra information about the teaching of Maths at Willowbrook School:
Maths Curriculum Approach
The White Rose schemes of learning can be found here. The attachment below outlines the NC progression within White Rose.