Mathematics at Whitehouse Primary
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary in most forms of employment. At Whitehouse Primary we believe a high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
- A secure understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
- A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
- An understanding of the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.
- A fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
- A commitment to and passion for mathematics
- The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
- The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
- The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
- The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
- Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
“A commitment that ALL pupils can and will achieve in mathematics by providing opportunities for all pupils to develop the depth and rigour they need to make secure and sustained progress over time.”
At Whitehouse Primary we teach mathematics for mastery, an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching. Our approach enhances mathematical understanding, enjoyment and achievement for every child. Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience.