Mathematics

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics
- Edsger Dijkstra

At Hurworth Primary, we understand the importance of mathematics as an essential skill for everyday life. With this in mind, we endeavour to provide a progressive, thoughtfully sequenced maths curriculum which allows all children to build deep understanding, confidence and competence within mathematics as well as the ability to apply their knowledge across other areas of the national curriculum. We aim for all children to be able to talk confidently and reason about maths and follow their natural curiosity to make connections, explore patterns and ask questions. Resilience is key and we believe all children should learn without the worry of getting things wrong. We believe all children should experience success and enjoyment in the subject, relish the challenge that maths offers and most importantly develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude towards maths.

We follow the White Rose mastery approach which allows all children to develop a deep understanding of a mathematical concept before moving on. We feel it is important to ‘over teach’ key concepts to ensure progress is made within and across year groups. Within our daily maths lessons, we focus on fluency, leading to varied fluency, leading to application, problem solving and reasoning. Prior learning is also consolidated daily to ensure important facts, knowledge and concepts are remembered and to provide a firm foundation for each unit and lesson. Challenge is also embedded within daily lessons as we want our children to develop their resilience and become ‘brave mathematicians’. We want our children to know that there is often more than one way to solve a problem and that having a try, playing with numbers and gaining a sense of an ‘appropriate answer’ are key qualities of a mathematician.

Our teachers use a range of teaching strategies, methods and resources to ensure that learning is tailored to individuals and to ensure each child makes progress. We intend for all children to be secure in key age related content and reach the expected standards at EYFS, Key Stages 1 and 2, and exceed them where they can.