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At Seton Primary School we believe that mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools, and develops an ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. We believe that maths should be purposeful and children are made aware of its importance in real-life contexts.

It is our aim to develop:

  • To develop curiosity, excitement and interest towards the subject of mathematics.
  • To develop curiosity about number and the motivation to use and explore and investigate.
  • To develop a positive attitude towards Maths where learners are resilient and embrace challenges.
  • To develop a secure foundation of number fluency from EYFS to Year 6.
  • To develop competence and confidence with numbers and the number system and other mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • To develop mastery in mathematics - learners who can reason, think logically and work systematically to solve problems, both independently and with others.
  • To develop learners who can communicate and understand sophisticated mathematical vocabulary.

Our approach to teaching and learning mathematics:

At Seton we use White Rose Maths Hubs materials to plan and deliver high quality mathematics lessons to our children. We are dedicated to enabling our children to achieve academic mastery in mathematics and we do so through the use of a Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract approach to learning mathematics. This enables our children to build solid foundations in their understanding of maths; which is vital in order to master the subject.

Our calculation policy shows in great detail how we use this sequence to develop the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Supporting your child at home

  • Learning key numbers facts – it is vital that children learn their key number facts such as number bonds and times tables. This can be done at home as well as at school and it is important that such number facts are practised and recited regularly.
  • Maths in real life contexts – enabling your child to see the uses and benefits to mathematics in everyday life is very important and there are countless opportunities to allow your child to demonstrate what they have learned. Shopping, cooking and baking are great activities that can bring classroom learning into real life situations.
  • Times Table Rock Stars – is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times tables, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced every third week or so.
  • NumBots - is an online game and playing little and often will significantly improve your child's recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts.
  • Sumdog – helps children practice mental arithmetic skills and it differentiates for different abilities.

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