A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We encourage children to consider their approaches to maths and picking the right manipulatives, representations and methods. We share this through our Maths Menu and model this in our mastery approach - in which we aim to select the most appropriate images and/or representations to expose a particular structure e.g. a tens frame with 8 counters in it will show that there are 2 empty squares in order to make 10 - so 8+2=10. 


What is White Rose Maths?   

Here at Thornbury, we use White Rose Frameworks for our maths planning. This is used for pupils of all ages, from early years to Year 6. The White Rose Maths frameworks are designed to be enjoyable, engaging and varied, to help pupils develop a love of learning and work towards mastery with adapted resources. But what defines White Rose Maths is their approach to teaching maths. At the heart of their resources and frameworks is the motto “Everyone Can Do Maths: Everyone Can!” White Rose teaches children mathematical concepts through pictorial, practical and written methods in order to develop a deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths and improve fluency. Fluency in Maths is about developing number sense and being able to choose and use the most appropriate method for the task at hand and be able to apply a skill to multiple contexts. 

In our maths lessons we:  

  • Know it’s ok to make mistakes  
  • That’s how we learn  
  • Use speech bubbles  
  • Asking for help, another challenge, taking ownership of their learning, accessing resources for themselves  
  • Encouraged children to talk about their maths Use reasoning & encourage children to explain their thinking  
  • “I know... so I know....  
  • Use maths in real life contexts  
  • “I say, you say”  
  • Stem sentences and generalisations (E.g. “A fraction is an equal part of a whole”)  
  • Encourage active learners 

 More information can be found on the White Rose Education website. Free printable booklets can be found at: 

Great news! We’re pleased to let you know that our school is now a member of the Problem-solving Schools programme. We’re delighted that we are helping nurture future problem-solvers and instilling them with confidence and new skills to tackle both familiar and not-so-familiar problems.