Statement of Intent: Mathematics
At Burhill Primary School, we recognize that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
We provide a high-quality mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the interconnectivity of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
All children at Burhill will:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
- reason mathematically;
- be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics. (National Curriculum 2014)
The teaching of mathematics enables children to become efficient and confident mathematicians who use a wide range of strategies – concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) – to solve calculations and problems. Children will be able to think mathematically in a range of contexts, make links in their learning and rapidly and accurately apply previously learnt skills.
At Burhill Primary School, we follow the mastery approach to mathematics, teaching in line with the Primary National Curriculum (2014). We use White Rose Maths as our curriculum, to ensure the planning and delivery of a broad curriculum which embeds mathematical thinking and talk. Children are taught through clear modelling and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. The mastery approach incorporates using objects, pictures, words and numbers to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding at all levels. Reasoning and problem solving are integral to the activities that children are given to develop their mathematical thinking.