Maths at Walkington Primary School

At Walkington Primary School, in mathematics we strive for our children to be successful and proficient mathematicians who can solve problems, fluently recall facts rapidly and reason mathematically while justifying their reasoning. This will provide them with the essential life skills required to understand and contribute to the world around them and will allow them to create solutions to problems in a range of settings.

Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils to enjoy mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject, with a clear understanding.

The teaching of maths has been carefully considered to enable our pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice and with the challenge of increasingly complex problems over time. Developing mathematical reasoning skills, children follow lines of enquiry and develop arguments and justification based on their mathematical knowledge

At Walkington Primary School, our maths curriculum follows the sequence of White Rose. Our aim is to provide inclusive and aspirational environments and learning experiences where pupils thrive. The structure of the mathematics curriculum across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Teaching curriculum content in blocks allows children to explore skills and knowledge in depth and gain a secure understanding of particular subject matter. Key knowledge and skills are revisited regularly allowing repetition to embed learning. A concrete, pictorial, abstract approach provides children with a clear structure in which they can develop their depth of understanding of mathematical concepts.

We believe that in successfully embedding these broad principles in our pupils over time, their knowledge in mathematics will contribute significantly to enabling them to acquire the cultural capital (the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement, The National Curriculum), required to be responsible citizens who participate positively in society.

This intention also aligns closely with our aim of promoting the “Global Competencies” outlined by the OECD.

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“From the moment pupils enter the school each day, they are greeted with respect and a genuine sense of care from the adults in the building.”

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“Improvements in the teaching of mathematics have helped to increase pupils’ progress and improve pupils’ ability to solve mathematical
problems.”

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“By the end of Year 6, outcomes are high in reading and writing. In reading, they are
particularly high.”

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