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The mathematics curriculum at Monkston is designed to encourage a love for learning and build resilience so that all pupils can achieve and succeed. Teacher’s positive mind-set and strong subject knowledge should promote success in mathematics.


Using the WhiteRoseMaths ‘Scheme of Learning’ and ‘Small Steps’ means that number is at heart of the curriculum and time is spent reinforcing this so children build their competency, have a deeper conceptual understanding of topics and can build on these skills over their learning life. It ensures pupils understand concepts better, encourages mathematical talking, thinking and reasoning which allows them to delve deeper into concepts and secure a greater understanding.


When introduced to new concepts (or revisiting previous ones) children should have the opportunity to build their competency by following this approach:

Concrete – children should use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial – children should use pictorial representations, which can help them to reason and problem solve.

Abstract –children should be able to move onto an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.


Throughout the mathematics curriculum, the children will build a positive mind-set to learning and a belief that they can do maths. Pupils will be encouraged to become resilient learners through developing good foundations in mathematical concepts, exploring and applying ideas with confidence and rising to challenges they are faced with. Children will be encouraged to persevere with difficulties they face during activities and tasks and dig deeper into their understanding and application of mathematical concept, becoming more absorbed into developing their own maths learning and managing distractions so they can achieve. Children will become resourceful by developing their collaborative skills through group discussions and group activities where they will have to explain their mathematical thinking and explore problems using different methods and present work in different ways. Children will become reflective mathematicians, through consolidation and revision of skills knowledge and skills which will promote a positive attitude for self-learning. Providing them with a range of techniques and methods to solve calculations and problems for all areas in maths, will help them to develop their knowledge and understanding how they learn and what helps them.

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