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Mathematics plays a key role in a child’s development. Very young children are naturally curious, noticing differences in quantity and the shape of objects, and use early mathematical concepts when they play. Mathematical understanding helps children make sense of the world around them, interpret situations, and solve problems in everyday life, whether that’s understanding time, sharing objects with their peers, or counting in play. Our children begin their maths journey within the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class) and as they move through the different age phases, we continue to apply these principles to provide a high quality maths curriculum that enables all pupils to attain a sound understanding of mathematics. The skills the children learn at school help them with everyday life.


What Maths is my child working on in school?

Each year group focuses on various units of work which includes key concepts of maths knowledge. The aims are to ensure that all children 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Dedicated time is timetabled to focus on mathematics each day. Teachers use the White Rose Maths in daily lessons and also to set pre-quizzes and post quizzes. These assessments provide teachers with information about what pupils do and do not know to build upon pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding, inform the planning of future lessons and is the focus of targeted support.

White Rose is supplemented with Power Maths which is aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning. Power Maths is available for teachers to use whenever required; for example, for a starter to a particular lesson or for introducing a new concept, or to set games and activities for home learning.

In lessons, manipulatives (physical objects) and representations (such as number lines and graphs) are used to encourage discussions and teach a specific concept. These manipulatives act as a ‘scaffold’, and support the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach towards independence.

How can Parents help at home?

At Unsworth, we understand that many parents feel like maths has changed and can sometimes find it difficult to keep up to date with modern teaching methods in maths. Hopefully, we can help you bridge the gap between school and home. You can find a number of  short  'how to'  guides, which provide information on how to help your child understand essential topics such as, place value, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. Click here for video tutorials and information sheets.

White Rose Maths have also produced home learning resources for each unit of work your child will work on in school. So if your child needs a bit more support at home or needs to revisit aspects of learning, you can access these lovely resources by clicking here.

What is Power Maths?

Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is:

  • The only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning.
  • Written specifically for UK curriculum classrooms by leading mastery experts from around the world and recommended by the UK’s Department for Education.
  • An enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
  • A continuous and embedded approach to teacher support and professional development throughout.
  • Built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.
  • End of unit quizzes, termly and end of year assessments are used to track your children’s progress against Age Related Expectations.
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