At Woodlands we follow the White Rose Maths curriculum. This is based around small steps progression that build up into larger blocks. Maths is taught in blocks to ensure secure skill development and understanding. Within these blocks, learning is broken down into manageable steps that should help the children understand concepts better. The White Rose planning uses a more integrated approach to fluency, reasoning and problem solving. 


The curriculum is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning. The overviews:

  • have number at their heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency
  • ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth
  • ensure children have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group
  • provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.  


At Woodlands we us a concrete - pictorial - abstract approach to teaching maths. 


Children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. 


Alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems. 


Both concrete and pictorial representations should support children's understanding of abstract methods. 


More information about the White Rose Maths curriculum can be found at: