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Rufford Primary School


Subject Leader - Mr Stokes

Children are taught mathematics in line with the National Curriculum.

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We use the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme to plan our mathematics.


At Rufford Primary, we have adopted a mastery approach in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than many failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future. We hold the belief that all children can achieve in maths and we teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps.

The mastery approach embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. This can include number bonds and times tables.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At Rufford, all the mathematical aims above form part of every maths lesson.  Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to develop independence, confidence and competence in order to be independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.