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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Our mathematics vision is to deepen the children's mathematical understanding through a mastery approach.


Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. By embedding the cultural capital ethos, we teach the essential everyday life skills; critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.




At Alwoodley Primary School, we aim to make children’s learning in mathematics relevant, practical, creative, exciting and engaging whilst carefully weaving our Alwoodley Golden Threads through the curriculum. Cognitive education (Golden Thread 1) will be promoted so children can become problem solvers where they are given the opportunity to develop skills such as justifying, reasoning and conjecturing. By displaying mathematical vocabulary around the classroom and introducing new mathematical terms, we will develop children's etymology through investigating the origin of mathematical terms (Golden Thread 2). Finally, by developing their reasoning and problem skills, children will become independent, confident mathematicians who will understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives (Golden Thread 3). 





At Alwoodley we follow the White Rose Schemes for learning. We follow the long term plans (what we teach when) from White Rose Maths and use their small steps to create our own bespoke weekly plans.  

Our weekly planning is designed to include the following aspects:

  • CPA approaches.
  • Mastery embedded throughout.
  • The three main aims of the Maths National Curriculum being fulfilled.
  • Problem solving and reasoning embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • No child left behind approach.  
  • Digging Deeper activities for rapid graspers.



At Alwoodley our aim is to keep all the children working together at broadly the same pace by taking small steps in learning. This will in turn mean that we have more children achieving expected standard throughout school.

Our assessment in school is very robust and thorough which ensures that we can target support and fill gaps in learning where needed.  

  • Termly NFER assessments to back up and support our teacher assessments by giving a scaled score.
  • End of unit White Rose Assessments  which identifies gaps in learning and how the class have understood a specific unit. This will then give teachers specific objectives which need to be taught as part of our keeping Maths warm sessions. 
  • Day to day assessment - Teacher assessments through marking which assess expected standard objectives.




SMSC in Mathematics

TT Rockstars

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!


All children from Years 2 - 6 should now have a password and be using them at home and school. 


To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'.


You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'.


Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

To see our mathmagicians in action, please loot at our Twitter page @AlwoodleyPS

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.