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Maths Rationale

Maths Rationale


At Prince Rock, we aim to provide rich and varied learning experiences that focus on the real, relevant and purposeful; allowing pupils to develop their skills and abilities so that they may begin to mathematically understand the world around them. Children are encouraged to explore and enjoy maths across the curriculum – bringing meaning and relevance through the interconnection of subjects such as Science, Computing and DT. We aim to cultivate enthusiastic mathematicians by enhancing their knowledge and understanding through practical experiences and investigative work; stimulating a curiosity for the beauty of mathematics. Furthermore, we aim to give all of our pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge, experiences and ‘cultural capital’ necessary to become educated citizens and to succeed in life.


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics 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.
  • 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.


In direct reference to National Curriculum and Ofsted expectations, we will ensure that:

  • Pupils acquire ‘core mathematical knowledge’ which will allow them to start to experience success and therefore begin to associate maths with ‘enjoyment and motivation’.
  • Pupils have access to a wide range of fluency, reasoning and problem-solving questions, activities and tasks.
  • The curriculum will be adapted to the needs of pupils and any gaps will be identify and closed.
  • New content will ‘draw on and make links with’ previously acquired knowledge following a carefully sequenced curriculum that is ‘intelligently designed’.
  • Before more complex strategies are taught, pupils should be confident using the linked facts and methods that form the strategy’s ‘building blocks’.
  • Pupils will benefit from low stakes testing to ensure that they are well-prepared for assessments which will not only increase knowledge retention, but also improve pupils’ confidence in maths.