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At Woodside, our aim is for all children to develop a love of mathematics.  We believe that mathematics is the foundation for understanding the world.  In every child, we nurture an ability to reason mathematically, to develop an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and to build a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We aim for our children to have a command of mathematics which gives them solid life skills including being financially literate.  In line with the National Curriculum for mathematics, our intent is that all children:

  • 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


  • 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.

Characteristics of a mathematician

  • Fluent in mathematical knowledge, including number facts and the number system
  • Explain their thinking and check their work
  • Make connections
  • Find patterns and proof
  • Apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems
  • Apply mathematical knowledge to develop new rules and ideas
  • Interpret and analyse data
  • Persevere

How we teach mathematics at Woodside 

At Woodside we follow the White Rose Maths scheme   White Rose Maths Advice and guidance for parents/carers Advice and guidance for parents | White Rose Maths  Our mathematics curriculum has also been developed with reflection upon the National Curriculum (2014) and Chris Quigley’s Essential Curriculum.

Teachers in the EY use White Rose Maths, Development Matters and the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. Our Nursery and Reception staff work closely with subject teams to ensure our curriculum is carefully planned from Nursery through to Year 6.