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Whitchurch Combined School

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Whitchurch Combined School

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Mathematics at WCS


  • Confident
  • Excited for learning!
  • Can I challenge myself?
  • Maths is my favourite lesson!
  • Maths is everywhere!
  • Excited to learn something new!
  • Happy and 'Curious' to learn new skills


These are all some of words and phrases our children said about Maths at Whitchurch Combined School in a recent pupil voice. So, if you want to learn a little more about how a Mastery Maths Curriculum drives the learning of the children in our school, then read on!

Mathematics Policy 2023 -2024



At Whitchurch, we strive to develop a true passion for mathematics. Through our rich and engaging curriculum, we encourage our children to become mathematical thinkers that thrive when problem solving. With mathematical talk as an integral part of our mathematics lessons, our children are encouraged to challenge answers and discuss alternative strategies, to help them to become masters of the subject. Each child is fully supported to develop at a level that is appropriate to them. Our lessons are structured to ensure children have the opportunity to showcase their fluency skills whilst also demonstrating their reasoning and problem-solving skills. Through the use of mastery techniques, we hope our children become confident and very capable mathematicians




  1. Provide a mastery curriculum that provides a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics.
  2. Support children to develop their conceptual as well as their procedural understanding; making links and spotting patterns that can be applied flexibly.
  3. Provide varied and high-quality teaching and learning with a focus on fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
  4. Provide challenge for all and develop children’s understanding of how mistakes offer opportunities for learning.
  5. Share maths mastery good practice within the school community and other local schools within the BBO Maths Hub.
  6. Develop pupils’ confidence in Maths with the principle that all children are capable of succeeding in mathematics.




‘Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematical education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’ (DfE 2013)


The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

 • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice wit
h increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems.

 • Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

 • 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.


For more information, please see our guide to Fluency, Reasoning and Problem-Solving


We centre our planning around the 5 principles of Mastery:



We would like our children to develop into Mathematicians as identified by the six points below:


  1. Children can recall facts and procedures quickly and efficiently and apply them flexibly to a range of contexts.
  2. Children can think deeply about mathematics, demonstrating conceptual as well as procedural understanding
  3. All pupils are able to use a range of mathematical vocabulary to explain their reasoning
  4. Pupils have an excellent understanding of mathematics that enables them to make good progress with a high percentage reaching age related expectations
  5. Most pupil demonstrate a growth mind-set in maths and are aware that they can learn from their mistakes.
  6. Pupils are confident to share their mathematical achievements with the school and wider community.


Marking and feedback


The children take an active role in their marking and feedback. The children themselves often mark exercises which involve routine practice with support and guidance from the teacher. We believe that this approach provides instant feedback to the children so that they can see where they have made an error and where they need to improve. It can also foster independence in the children, who can seek help if they are unable to locate and correct their errors. We also use a traffic light system where the children can identify how they have found the learning objective in that lesson. This self-assessment helps staff to create next steps and inform future planning. More information can be found in the Feedback Policy.


Formative Assessment


Formative Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and is a continuous process.


Teachers make assessments of children daily through;

  • regular marking of work
  • analysing errors and picking up on misconceptions
  • asking questions and listening to answers
  • facilitating and listening to discussions
  • making observations


These ongoing assessments inform future planning and teaching. Lessons are adapted readily and short-term planning evaluated in light of these assessments.


Summative Assessment


Years 1 to 6 are assessed at the end of each term using an NFER or previous SATS assessment and a summative judgement is made based on their attainment. This is recorded on our Sonar Tracking system, where the Maths Subject Leader will collate, analyse and report to SLT and Governors.



Monitoring and Evaluation


The mathematics subject leader is released regularly from his/her classroom in order to work alongside other teachers. This time is used to monitor and evaluate the quality and standards of mathematics throughout the school and enables the subject leader to support teachers in their own classrooms. Monitoring can take many different forms: from learning walks; book looks; pupil progress meetings or pupil voice discussions.

Findings are reported back to our dedicated mathematics Governor and shared in our Governors Curriculum Committee.


Times tables


Times tables are fundamental to many aspects of mathematics and it is therefore very important for children to work hard to learn their times tables. Times tables form an integral part of the learning in our mathematics lessons. The Government has set out the following times tables that children should know in each year group.

  • Year 1 – count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Year 2 – count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
  • Year 3 – recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables.
  • Year 4 - recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.
  • Years 5 and 6 – recall and use multiplication and division facts for all times tables up to 12×12.


The Government has requested that all pupils in Year 4 take a Times Tables Check to determine whether children can recall their times tables.

Please find below the calculation policy for each year group. Please refer to these throughout the year and feel free to contact your child's class teacher or Mr Soar our Maths Leader.

For a breakdown of the National curriculum expectations in Mathematics, please click on the links below:

Whitchurch Combined School Values

Be Kind
  • No matter how tough your day has been for you: always be kind - Emily, Year 5.
Be Respectful
  • Accept people's ideas or games you might play on the play ground - Edward H, Year 5.
Be Proud
  • Being proud to me is doing your best work and looking for ways to improve - Freddie, Year 5.
Be Resilient
  • You don’t give up! You keep trying your best until it gets easier! - Henny, Year 5.
Be Curious
  • Being Curious to me is asking questions, being interested and wanting to try new things - Edward W, Year 5