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Mathematics is an important, creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Ivy Chimneys to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding. We strive for them to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use this knowledge not just in other subjects but as a life skill to draw upon. 


At Ivy Chimneys, we foster positive attitudes and we promote a ‘can do’ attitude to maths. We believe that each and every child can achieve in mathematics and we teach for a mastery understanding of concepts through manageable steps. Children work through a process of fluency to learn the skills and techniques and are then challenged to apply these to problem solving and reasoning; ensuring that maths has a real life context and a fundamental purpose and value. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and celebrate our ‘favourite mistakes’ and what we learn from them at every opportunity. 


Our goal is for all pupils to fulfil the National Curriculum objectives in order that they: · 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios 

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. 

  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful  mathematicians.


At Ivy Chimneys, staff in Years 1 to 6 principally use The White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning when teaching the subject. 


You can read more about White Rose Maths here.

Our children have created some maths help videos for some of the methods and concepts they find the trickiest. You and your child can watch these here.