St Andrew's (Barnsbury) CofE Primary School


At St Andrew’s Barnsbury, we believe that numeracy and mathematical thinking are key life skills and that through the mathematics curriculum we should help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to solve problems effectively and creatively. We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment, where mathematical reasoning, problem-solving, and numerical fluency are integral parts of everything we do.


Numeracy: Fluency and Application

The school uses the White Rose Maths scheme to teach mathematics across EYFS, KS1, and KS2. White Rose Maths efficiently develops fluency and application in mathematics aligned with the Primary National Curriculum for England by employing structured and progressive teaching methods. It emphasises a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through systematic learning objectives that build sequentially from basic to more complex skills. This approach ensures that students gain fluency in fundamental operations and concepts, such as arithmetic techniques.

White Rose Maths encourages a mastery approach where students consolidate their learning through repeated practice and reinforcement. This methodical reinforcement helps students achieve mastery of concepts before moving on to more advanced topics, ensuring a solid foundation in mathematics.


Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving

White Rose Maths is highly efficient in teaching mathematics through a structured and problem-solving approach. It emphasises real-life and mathematical problems to develop critical thinking and practical application skills. The curriculum features a carefully planned progression of learning objectives that build upon each other, ensuring students develop their reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

In addition to White Rose, we also use NRICH Maths. This platform offers a variety of tasks such as puzzles, investigations, and word problems that encourage children to explain their reasoning and justify solutions, fostering comprehensive mathematical understanding. By exploring multiple strategies and collaborating on problem-solving tasks, students deepen their mathematical thinking and communication skills.


Love of Mathematics

Mathematics is given a high priority across the school. Each classroom has manipulatives and resources to encourage children to explore mathematical concepts independently. The use of these resources is highly encouraged, and the teachers always ensure the use of the most appropriate resource in accordance to the topic being taught.