“Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.”

William Paul Thurston

“Mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein

Helping Each Child to Flourish

At Heworth CE Primary School, our children are taught to enjoy and develop a natural enthusiasm for mathematics. We aim for them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice and the solving of increasingly complex problems over time. Our children are supported in their learning by a range of practical and pictorial strategies, to develop their logical thinking and reasoning skills. Through developing a natural curiosity and an investigative approach, we aim for our children to learn to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems, breaking them down into a series of simpler steps and persevering when seeking solutions. We give our children the opportunity to develop their maths skills across the curriculum and encourage then to use a wide variety of accurate mathematical vocabulary and language. We believe a high-quality mathematics education 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.

What maths looks like at Heworth CE Primary School

  • We follow the National Curriculum, which ensures consistency and progression throughout the school. This is supported by the use of White Rose Maths schemes of work as a guide to support teachers with planning and assessment to ensure progression as children build on previous knowledge
  • A calculation policy is used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations
  • Maths display boards with number lines are in every classroom 
  • We use a wide range of resources to aid deeper thinking skills
  • A daily focus on the four operations alongside use of TTRockstars for multiplication
  • Our children are given appropriate support and/or differentiated activities to allow them to access the mathematics curriculum and to reach their full potential.
  • A love of maths is encouraged throughout school via links with other subjects, applying an ever growing range of skills with increasing independence

How do our values shine through in maths?


Our children are taught to respect and value the ideas of others and to show compassion but also to have the confidence to challenge in the appropriate way.


Cooperation and teamwork are integral to mathematics and we ensure that our children develop the ability to work in a variety of ways e.g individually, collaboratively, in pairs, small groups and/or as part of a whole class activity. 

How do children flourish in maths at Heworth CE Primary School?

Mathematics teaches children to develop their ability to calculate, reason and to solve problems. At Heworth CE Primary School we aim to develop positive attitudes to mathematics as a core curriculum subject and encourage children to take interest in the mathematics in everyday life and across the school. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning and groupings accordingly, to meet the needs of their class. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term and children’s progress and attainment are discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. Through regular moderation of lessons, planning and books, we can ensure that progress is made across all year groups.

  • Our children will demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures. This includes the recollection of the times tables
  • Our children will show confidence in the four mathematical operations
  • Our children will develop the ability to recognise relationships and make connections in maths lessons
  • Our children will master mathematical concepts and skills and be able to show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations
  • Our children will show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of their work and be able to verbalise their learning using correct mathematical language