Mathematics at Smallwood CE Primary Academy


At Smallwood, we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ Through the mastery approach, we encourage our children to develop resilience and self-confidence in applying their mathematical skills within school, across all subjects, and out in the wider world.


We aim for all pupils to:


  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios;
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification using mathematical language;
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.


Each unit of work is planned in accordance with the national curriculum objectives, using White Rose schemes of work. Within planning, priority is placed on concrete, visual and abstract representations as well as on key vocabulary for each unit of mathematics. Every lesson provides children with the opportunity to develop their fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills through challenging learning tasks.


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