We aim to provide a high quality maths education – teaching children the essential skills and
knowledge to develop an understanding of the world and to create a natural curiosity and
love for mathematics as a subject.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all chidren:

 Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent
practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual
understanding and are able to recall and apply their 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

 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.

 At Woodlands we want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected
subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency,
mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We
want our children to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through
the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to
progress should always be based on the security of children’s’ understanding and their
readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be
challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration
through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should
consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.

During the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, maths forms part of many interactive 
learning experiences.  Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics 
through play, exploration and discussion.  Children work with shapes and begin to learn their
properties, use language to give positional clues and compare quantities, identify and 
recreate patterns.  They learn to count, read, write and order numbers using songs and 

Within Key Stages 1 & 2 at Woodlands we have implemented the teaching of Mathematics
in single age classes. This has ensured that all pupils are taught at age appropriate 
expectations and has had a significant impact in improving pupil outcomes. We have 
recently implemented the detailed Schemes of Learning published by the White Rose Maths
Hub to plan effective maths lessons which has helped to meet the raised expectations of the
new curriculum and has been a means of identifying and challenging our more able pupils.
Any pupils identified as working below age appropriate expectations are targeted and
supported by carefully selected intervention programmes.

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Woodlands Community Primary School

Hollybank Road, Birkenhead


CH41 2SY

Mrs B. Baker (Office Manager)

Tel: 0151 647 8406

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