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The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At Watermoor School, teaching is adapted daily to meet the needs of the group and ensure that all pupils make good progress in relation to age related expectations.  Teachers and senior leaders track the progress of the children carefully to ensure that no child is left behind.  Our pupils tell us that they love maths, and we aim to instil the belief that every child can be a mathematician.

We have continued to refine our understanding and delivery of teaching maths for mastery, undertaking a three year development programme from GlowMaths. As part of this journey, we have focused on updating and improving our calculation policy for the four operations, to support fluency, reasoning and problem solving.


Recent Developments in Maths - Spring 2020


In order to promote a 'Can Do' maths attitude with EVERY single pupil at Watermoor, the whole school took part in activities to #Grow your brain!


Parents were invited to a presentation to look at some of the reasons and the research behind having a 'Growth Mindset' and how this can help our children (and even ourselves!) to become empowered learners for life with healthy attitudes towards learning.

The children also looked at what it was to be a mathematician, identifying skills and recognising their own strengths.