Maths at Trinity

At Trinity Church School we strive towards shaping able and confident mathematicians who are well equipped to use maths in their everyday life. We aim to provide pupils witha secure understanding in all areas of maths: place value, the four operations, algebra, fractions, geometry, measurement and statistics. Within every area of maths, we ensure that all children are fluent, can reason mathematically and solve problems. When new concepts are introduced, children are encouraged to be able to move fluently between different representations and methods. Once the methods are learnt, children begin to deeper their understanding by applying their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving tasks. The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the areas of maths at broadly the same pace. However, pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged from the outset and throughout a lesson through rich and sophisticated problems.

We encourage children to be independent, resilient thinkers, who develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that remains throughout their lives. At Trinity, we endeavour to make maths for children within our school as meaningful and exciting as possible using practical resources and real life application and celebrating maths whenever possible.

We follow White Rose Maths when teaching mathematics. This is a scheme that has a mastery approach to teaching Maths. This includes a belief that all children are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. We believe in fostering a ‘can do’ attitude so that all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics. We are delivering a mastery curriculum at Trinity where mathematical concepts, key ideas and the building blocks to achieve these are important for everyone. 

Trinity Maths Curriculum Overview

White Rose Maths

This approach enables teachers to keep the children working together on the same area, whilst personalising for all children. White Rose provides teachers with blocked units, offering greater time frames to deliver and explore the objectives in. These blocks are further broken down into small steps, giving children the opportunity to take more time to develop their understanding. Lessons will promote fluency, reasoning and problem solving with all children being given the opportunity to achieve and experience these. Children who grasp concepts and small steps rapidly will be further challenged through being offered rich reasoning and problem solving challenges before any acceleration of new content.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum intent for maths reflects the purpose and aims of the national curriculum by helping our pupils to:

  • 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
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • 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

The Four Operations - Calculation Policy

When developing their calculation skills, children are encouraged to use their mental maths knowledge alongside any written methods they learn. These written methods progress and are built upon throughout each year   group. Many parents comment that the written methods we teach are different to those they learnt when they were at school.  

Take a look at our Calculation Policy to see the method your child should be working with.

Maths Curriculum Progression

Curriculum Recovery and Supporting Your Child at Home

In recognition that children’s learning has been impacted by school closure during the Covid 19 pandemic, the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are advising a stronger focus on the key content of each year group, which relates to the following strands:

  • Place Value
  • Number Facts
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Geometry
  • Fractions (in KS2)

Our summer 2021 recovery content focussed on these in line with the guidance. For the academic year 2021-22, we will continue to use the nationally recognised White Rose Maths scheme, which includes some recap of the key content from previous years.

We have collated the White Rose Maths ‘Parent Workbooks’ for each year group that includes the majority of the key content for your child’s year group, to support any additional support in maths that you might like to do at home with your child:

Year 1     Year 2     Year 3     Year 4     Year 5 (part 1)     Year 5 (part 2)     Year 6 

Mental Maths

A large part of the children's Mathematics lessons focuses on developing children's mental recall skills. These important facts feed in to many other areas of maths and it is really helpful for the children if they have a bank of basic number facts that they can draw upon with speed and ease. By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know their Times Tables up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts. 

The links below are to a variety of online games / platforms which your child can use to practise their mental maths recall skills at home.



Guides for Parents

Year 4 Multiplication Guide for Parents

Times Tables Help