Mathematics Rationale 

Mathematics is vital for everyday life and helps us understand the world around us. It enables pupils to think logically, find patterns and solve real life problems in a creative manner, whilst developing their resilience and independence. It provides children with the opportunity to form propositions, reasoning and justifying these using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

At Whirley, we follow the White Rose scheme of learning from early years through to year 6. The scheme allows children to revisit areas of Mathematics throughout their time in school, helping them become fluent in the fundamentals of it. Each time they revisit a topic, the complexity increases, and the children work through it in small steps, enabling them to make links between their new learning and old learning. In each small step, pupils answer a wide range of fluency questions, then, once they are confident with it, move onto a variety of reasoning and problem-solving questions with increasing difficulty. Time for mathematical talk is a valuable part of lessons at Whirley, providing children with the opportunity to explain, discuss, reason and justify mathematical ideas and concepts.

Using the mastery approach means that classes move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, we recognise that this is not appropriate for all children therefore lessons are adapted to ensure all children are challenged appropriately. When faced with new mathematical knowledge, children are supported using the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach so they gain a clear understanding of it and to help them make links between other mathematical ideas.

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Contact the School

Whirley Primary School

Whirley Road
SK10 3JL

Main Contact: Amanda Edwards - Head Teacher

Tel: 01625 783815

SEN Contact: Rebecca Gregory - SENDco