Our intent:

• All students develop their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills with automaticity

• Students can relate maths to real life contexts, making it meaningful

• Students are resilient when tackling problems

• Use efficient methods to solve problems and to learn to see patterns in numbers

• For students to develop a love of maths and thus make positive progress

• Explain their thinking and reason with numbers

• Regardless of the need or barrier, we hold high expectations for all our students

• Use recall of number facts and be able to apply these when solving problems

• Think mathematically using the CPA approach

• Apply mathematical knowledge to other curriculum subjects


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.