We follow the White Rose Mathematics Strategy at Woodlands, which is derived from the current National Curriculum.
Calculations are taught according to the Woodlands Primary Academy Calculation Policy, which has an emphasis on high expectations with most of the formal calculations experienced by the end of Year 4. We have a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to Mathematics, which allows pupils to manipulate, number physically, moving on to drawing pictures and diagrams to represent their calculations before working in the abstract of number. This is a fluid approach allowing pupils to move back and forth, as their needs require, to help them grasp the fundamental conceptual understanding of Mathematics.
We have a strong emphasis on problem solving and reasoning at Woodlands with children focussing on the core calculations in their arithmetic sessions allowing them to explore maths deeply in their main Mathematics lesson. Our pupils are continuously challenged to prove or disprove key theoretical ideas in maths to allow them to fully engage with what they are learning. They are also expected to articulate their thoughts around core methods to demonstrate their understanding. As a result of this approach, Maths at Woodlands Primary Academy is full of energy, exploration and engagement.