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At The Wilfred Owen School, we strive for all children to have a positive attitude towards Mathematics, to be fluent across the fundamental mathematical concepts and to have a secure and deep understanding of their mathematics so that they can reason and apply their understanding to problem solving situations. 



It is our intent that Maths Teaching at The Wilfred Owen School secures:

• An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.

• A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.

• Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.

• The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.

• The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.

• The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.

• The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.

• Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.

• A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.

• A commitment to and passion for the subject. 



The 3 aims of the National Curriculum are fluency, reasoning and problem solving. At The Wilfred Owen School, we teach these aims through the White Rose, mastery approach.


The mastery approach is a belief that:

  • all children are capable of understanding and doing Mathematics;
  • children who are efficient in their fluency skills are able to apply them to a range of increasingly complex problems;
  • children who have access to concrete resources, are able to represent through pictures and diagrams and as a result access abstract symbols to create a depth of understanding;
  • all children are challenged at their own level, with support being given to struggling learners, and explorations of concepts at greater depth for the children exceeding at their age level;
  • Mastery learning is transferable to a range of problems, teaching children to think outside the box, be efficient, be resilient, make connections and apply real life contexts to their learning.


At the Wilfred Owen School, teachers use the White Rose Medium term plans to plan daily maths lessons. Each lesson will have a fluency, reasoning or problem solving focus. Every week, each class will focus on a specific problem solving skill such as; working systematically, pattern spotting, conjecturing, trial and improvement, working backwards, reasoning logically and visualising. At The Wilfred Owen School, we strongly believe that exposing children to key problem solving skills will enable them to become confident and competent problem solvers who are able to apply their skills to a range of different contexts.



A deep understanding is achieved by learning each topic in greater depth. Children master concepts rather than learning procedures by rote. Number sense and place value comes first, and is of great importance as it underpins everything mathematical. We recognise that fluency is not just about remembering facts but being able to apply those facts to all areas of their mathematical learning.

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