Mathematics at Grove Wood Primary School


Our Ethos

At Grove Wood Primary School mathematics is recognised as a key area of the curriculum.   All learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and should be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by the application of their mathematical understanding. We recognise that mathematics has been one of the decisive factors in shaping the modern world and continues to grow and find new uses in science, technology, business and social life. Through teaching mathematics we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world. Mathematics should be an experience from which pupils gain pleasure and enjoyment, a challenge and a sense of achievement. It is a powerful means of communication and a way of viewing and making sense of the real world.


Mastery Statement

We describe mastery as being able to do something ‘standing on your head’. Mastery is an ethos and an approach for excellent learning. It is therefore our belief that everyone can master maths.


National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that ALL pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Growth Mindset in Maths

All pupils are encouraged to:

  • ·      have a go and take a risk,
  • ·      reflect on their learning through choice of manipulatives, strategies, approach
  • ·      challenge themselves – striving through hard, harder or hardest challenges,
  • ·      strive to achieve personal maths targets.


Teaching & Learning

Teachers draw on a range of different resources we have in school, to create the best possible learning environment, for all pupils. Planning is largely based on termly plans produced by ‘White Rose Hub,’ which support the teaching for mastery.

Termly plans for each year group, from Year 1 to Year 6 are split into twelve weeks. As part of each overview, a significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This ensures pupils build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Pupils who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians.

Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are integral to the mathematics curriculum and are planned weekly so they pupils develop mastery through developing, Fluency: exploration, observation, discussion; Reasoning: identifying patterns, links, sequences and explanation; and Problem Solving: drawing together mathematical knowledge and understanding to apply mathematical skills to solve a problem in a given context.

Pupils learn maths mostly in their classes.  In addition, we recognise mathematics as a cross-curricular subject and outdoor learning and cross-curricular links are regularly embraced.

Enterprise week each year aims to promote key maths skills and extend the pupils understanding of maths in the world beyond the curriculum.


 Maths and phonics workshop 2019

Calculation policy - introduction.  
Calculation Policy - addition and subtraction.  
Calculation Policy - multiplication and division.



We are excited and proud to have joined the Mathletics community; an online programme that enables our children to hone their mathematics skills while enjoying engaging and interactive maths games!  This is currently accessible to every child in Key Stage Two.

Each child has his or her own personal log in and can create their own avatar.  Children can compete against other "Mathletes" across the globe in real-time mathematics competitions.  Additionally, the children can work on many other mathematical tasks, enabling them to score points for their "bank accounts".  The children then enjoy shopping for new features for their avatars, such as a new hat or pair of sunglasses!

Every week, we announce the Matheletes of the week in Key Stage Two achievement assembly.  Our most recent winner had scored over 8000 points!  In addition, we run clubs at lunchtime enabling children to access Mathletics.

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