Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

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At Gotherington Primary School pupils will:

  • Be able to show quick and accurate recall of times tables facts and age-related facts to enable fundamental fluency in mathematics.
  • Be able to calculate accurately and confidently using the four operations.
  • Be able to reason in mathematics, showing correct use of mathematical language.
  • Be able to systematically build on prior knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Be able to use manipulatives and representations to support their learning, demonstrate understanding and justify reasoning.
  • Be able to problem solve, applying mathematical knowledge to a variety of contexts and choose most efficient methods.
  • Show resilience and have a growth mindset in their approach when tackling challenging problems.  
  • Be able to derive answers from knowledge held in their long-term memory.
  • Be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects
  • Enjoy mathematics and recognise its importance in the wider world. 
KS1 & KS2

We have adopted a mastery approach in mathematics which empowers pupils to acquire a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of mathematics. In order for children to know more and remember more, there is an embedded structure whereby prior learning is always considered and built upon using the ‘White Rose Schemes of learning’ and the small steps provided. These are supplemented by resources from a range of sources including: NCETM, Nrich, The White Rose Maths Hub and Maths No Problem. Teachers plan and sequence small steps for the needs of their class, following formative, daily assessment. Teachers apply their subject knowledge and enable children to understand key concepts by modelling methods using manipulatives and representations, real-life, relatable scenarios and teaching through misconceptions. Purposeful questioning is also used to support and challenge learners to draw out discussion and reasoning. Independent work provides the means for all children to embed key concepts to long-term memory, develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving through the ‘Do it, Challenge it, Solve it’ structure. ‘Do it’ activities focus on varied fluency to develop rapid and accurate recall of facts and methods. ‘Challenge it’ activities address misconceptions and develop children’s ability to reason mathematically, providing justification and proof and using mathematical language. ‘Solve it’ tasks allow pupils to apply their mathematical understanding and seek solutions to complex concepts and procedures, gaining enjoyment and growing in confidence. Lessons also provide the means to achieve greater depth, with children being offered rich and sophisticated problems and investigations. High ambition is clear for all children inclusively; manipulatives are available to all and purposeful questioning is used to support and challenge learners. Regular assessment is used to check children’s understanding, inform subsequent teaching, and identify gaps in pupils’ learning that could hinder future learning.

In EYFS mathematics is taught through a combination of adult-initiated and child-led opportunities. Children will explore new concepts in mathematics during whole class activities and then be provided with the opportunity to practise and review the skills and knowledge during free play and structured, small group work. Adult-led learning in mathematics is very active and practical, with a focus on concrete and real-life resources. Children in Reception are also exposed to pictorial and abstract representations that are appropriate to their level of development. Children who demonstrate great confidence and a thorough understanding are challenged during child-led and adult-led activities by activities that are purposefully set up.

In EYFS, the White Rose Scheme of learning provides the small steps and works towards the Early Learning Goals stated below. It also ensures a rich coverage of all mathematical concepts that children will build upon in Year One.


Our mathematics curriculum facilitates sequential learning and long-term progression of knowledge and skills. Children are provided with regular opportunities to demonstrate acquired knowledge through high quality questioning, discussion, modelling and explaining, assessment, both during lessons and at the end of lessons or units. This will enable children across the school to alter their long-term memory and equip them with the mathematical fundamentals needed to succeed in life and approach mathematics with independence, enthusiasm and resilience- knowing more,remembering more and being able to do more as mathematicians.

Link to The National Curriculum

Link to parent workbook from White Rose
Link to parent information and guidance for Y4 Multiplication and Table Check