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Maths at Friars

At Friars, we aim for each child to think and solve problems mathematically by using the appropriate, skills, concepts and knowledge. They must be provided with rich and enjoyable experiences related both to their individual needs and to the wider requirements of society.


We aim for each child to:-


  • Have a positive attitude towards mathematics.

  • Have self-confidence in their ability to deal with mathematics.

  • Be able to work systematically, co-operatively and with perseverance.

  • Be able to think logically and independently.

  • Experience a sense of achievement.

  • Understand the appropriate underlying skills, concepts and knowledge of number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and geometry.

  • Be able to apply previously acquired concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding to new situations both in and out of school.

  • Understand and appreciate pattern and relationship in mathematics.

  • Be able to communicate with peers and adults clearly and fluently their ideas, experiences and questions, using the appropriate mathematical language.

  • Be able to explore problems using effective strategies, predictions and deductions.

  • Have equality of opportunity.

  • Be aware of the uses of mathematics beyond the classroom.

  • Develop the use of mental calculations and efficient strategies to work out the answers.


 We aim for parents / carers to:-


  • Be actively involved in their children’s mathematical learning both in school and at home.

  • Understand and support the school’s mathematics and homework policies.

Teaching Mathematics


In Years 1 to 6 we subscribe and follow White Rose Maths. White Rose Maths is influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading researchers and practitioners across the world. Across each year group we usethe White Rose Maths ‘schemes of learning’ to inform and guide our teaching.


Each scheme of learning includes an overview of the maths that the children should be learning at any point in the year. Each year is split into three terms (autumn, spring and summer), and each term comprises individual blocks of learning about a particular topic. White Rose Maths spends lots of time building strong number skills in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and into the early secondary years. These essential core skills lay a solid foundation for more complicated learning later on.


Sometimes you might find that we are a little behind or ahead of the scheme schedule. That’s fine; as White Rose Maths deliberately builds flexibility into their schemes to allow for variations.


You can see all of the blocks that we teach by clicking on the weblink below:


Maths lessons provide opportunities for children to practise and consolidate their skills and knowledge, to develop and extend their techniques and strategies, and to prepare for their future learning. Learning is typically consolidated through one piece of maths homework each week. These homework activities are short and focused and are referred to and valued in future lessons. 

Cross-Curriculum Links 


Maths contributes to many subjects within the EYFS Statutory Framework and the Primary National Curriculum, and opportunities are sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities. Mathematical concepts are regularly included within themes being studied. This allows children to begin to use and apply maths in real contexts. 

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