Stretham Community Primary School



Maths at Stretham Community Primary School 




Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand, order and change the world. We want all pupils at Stretham Community Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.


At Stretham, we foster positive can do attitudes in all areas and this is particularly important in Maths. We believe all children, regardless of background, gender, ethnic origin or additional needs, can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We encourage the use of hands-on equipment and modelling to secure understanding and seek to develop the children’s accurate use of mathematical vocabulary. We see and use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning.


We use the White Rose mathematics materials to support our teaching and learning. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.


Our overall intent is for pupils to:

• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios

• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

• have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.


Teaching for Mastery at Stretham:


Teaching for Mastery is about continual improvement and the expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in their maths learning.  There are certain principles and key features which characterise this approach:












  • Children work through the curriculum together as a class. They are guided through the learning in a series of small steps with appropriate scaffolds and challenges to support differing needs. Some children might need additional support and we use strategies such as interventions to help all children to be successful.
  • A great emphasis is placed on the importance of representation and structure. We use concrete resources in every classroom to develop key concepts.

  • All pupils, regardless of their age, have access to a range of representations and we use the CPA approach:


  • concrete – use of real objects and manipulatives
  • pictorial – use of pictures and symbolic representations
  • abstract – use of numerals and equations

Stretham's Mathematics Progression and Vocabulary Mapping

What have we been learning about in our maths sessions at Stretham this year? 

Pupil Voice: