Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore 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.

National Curriculum 2014


At Manchester Road mathematics is planned carefully to ensure the children build the skills and knowledge needed to move on to their next steps in education. The approach used is the mastery approach, which has 5 key principles:

The school uses a mixture of White Rose and materials from the NCETM so that the children are taught the very best knowledge available.

White Rose is a sequence of learning which is a clear sequence of lessons for every year group. This ensures that the national curriculum is covered and that the children are given opportunities to practice and develop their mathematical skills.

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The learning across the year is spaced out so that children re - visit learning regularly, we support this through the use of our DNA system where children think daily about their previous and current learning. In addition to the White Rose, teachers across school use the materials from the NCETM (National Centre  for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) to ensure children are taught the small steps towards mastery.

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The lessons delivered to children are daily, and contain concrete, pictoral and abstract mathematics so that the children learn to develop basic skills before applying them to different situations.

Please find below the Matrix for the teaching of mathematics:

Mathematics Matrix 2022