Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding. – William Paul Thurston 


At Loudwater Combined School, we have a mastery approach in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The main aim of such an approach and development of a curriculum model that values ‘going deeper’ is to ensure that our children develop a secure knowledge of mathematical concepts, so that those pupils beginning their education at school are able to access age-appropriate ideas and do not see gaps open in their learning over time.

Integral to this curriculum model is the school’s vision for mathematics which rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths,’ and that all pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed.

Our Intent is that all pupils:

  •         Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, which fosters an enthusiasm, curiosity and love of the subject.
  •         Develop the motivational and metacognitive skills, which allow them to persevere in challenging tasks and in seeking solutions.
  •         Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematical skills through varied and frequent practise, with increasing complexity over time.
  •         Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification and proof.
  •         Solve a variety of problems by breaking them down into a series of smaller steps and applying the mathematics that they know.
  •         Develop the correct use of mathematical language and vocabulary, in order to reason mathematically and apply these skills to reading and solving problems.
  •         Make rich connections between mathematical ideas and across subjects, including science, ICT, the humanities and everyday life.


The National Curriculum for Mathematics

Maths Skills Progression Map

White Rose Maths progression document

Addition and subtraction calculation policy

Multiplication and Division calculation policy

Maths Facts at Loudwater Combined School