What do the children learn in mathematics?

We intend for the children to:

  • 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
  • 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.

To implement this, St. Christopher’s uses White Rose Maths as its maths scheme.

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St. Christopher’s has chosen White Rose because it has a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to mathematics to mastery. It develops a deep understanding of number and the number system.


Learning is broken down in to small incremental steps that build on what the children already know.

Teaching is adapted to meet the needs of the children.

Adaptive teaching and Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Adaptive teaching strategies are used to ensure that all pupils can access learning and remain in the classroom as much as possible. Lessons are carefully planned and scaffolded to ensure that all pupils will be able to achieve the shared learning objective at their own level. Children with the greatest need, for example those with Special Educational Needs (SEN), will be given more in lesson support. This will include: more quality teaching and learning time with the class teacher; activities being broken down into smaller, more manageable steps; a higher level of personalised scaffolding in activities. It is our goal for all learners to be able to achieve the learning objective successfully in every lesson. Through adaptive teaching we aim to foster independence, resilience and self-confidence for every child.

The whole school overview is below – along with more detailed descriptions of what children learn each year, in each term.

Children are continually assessed informally during maths lessons and also tested at the end of each block in order to identify and significant gaps in their skills or knowledge so that these can be addressed in subsequent lessons.