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Whitewater CE Primary School

Whitewater CE Primary School


At Whitewater we want all children to discover the wonder of mathematics. We aspire for all children to thrive in mathematics by being inquisitive, inspired and ambitious mathematicians who enjoy questioning, enquiry and discovery. Children are taught mathematics through progressive, challenging and multi-sensory lessons. These lessons provide opportunities for all of Whitewater’s developing mathematicians to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and regular practise of number with increasing complexity over time; reason mathematically through investigating, conjecturing and gathering proof; be problem-solvers who persevere in seeking solutions and enjoy taking risks. We encourage parents and carers to regularly practise number facts with their children, explore the use of mathematics in the real world and promote a love of mathematics.

The Whitewater Mathematician will:

  • explore and investigate using what they know
  • ask questions, create theories and gather proof
  • challenge themselves and persevere in seeking solutions
  • use concrete resources, pictures and mathematical language to help develop their understanding and explanations
  • regularly practise number to become increasingly confident in recall and calculation

At mastery level a pupil really understands a mathematical concept, idea or technique if he or she can…

  • describe it in his or her own words
  • explain it to someone else
  • represent it in a variety of ways (e.g. using concrete materials, pictures and symbols – the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach)
  • make up his or her own examples of it
  • see connections between it and other facts or ideas
  • recognise it in new situations and contexts
  • make use of it in various ways, including in new situations