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Mathematics is a tool for everyday life.  It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world.  It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.  It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.


Using the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum 2014, it is our aim to develop:


  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
  • Increasing mathematical fluency, resulting in competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • An ability to investigate, solve problems, to reason, to justify, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • Use of initiative and the ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • An ability to talk through ideas and communicate about the mathematics they are using.
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

Since 2021, Wilstead Primary School has followed the White Rose Maths Scheme.

Why White Rose?

We chose White Rose because this ensures that all parts of the National Curriculum 2014 Programme of Study are taught, including maths in the Early Years Foundation stage.  Our teachers also refer to the DFE / NCETM ‘Ready to progress’ materials to assist with this and have the autonomy to use White Rose Mastery Planning, along with other enrichment activities to enhance the curriculum as they see fit. 


EYFS and KS1

We recommend downloading the FREE White Rose app 'One minute maths' for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  The models and images used are the same as we us in class.  Regular use will help improve your child's fluency and ability to manipulate number with confidence... and each game only lasts one minute!


KS1 and KS2

As a school we have a paid subscription to 'My Maths.'  Teachers can use this to set math homework and it is a good tool if children wish to recap and consolidate their learning at home.


For Year 2 through to Year 6 we also have a subscription to Times Tables Rock Stars.  This is a valuable tool for ensuring children become competent in knowing their times tables at speed, which is assessed through the official Multiplication Tables Check during Year 4.


Mrs K Cropley, Mathmatics Subject Leader