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Welcome to Our Maths Journey!


At Cove Infant School, we are proud to embrace the White Rose Maths scheme, a pioneering approach to learning mathematics in the UK. Our aim is to foster a deep and lasting understanding of maths in our youngest learners.


Why White Rose Maths?


White Rose Maths is renowned for its focus on building a solid foundation in maths through a unique blend of problem-solving, reasoning, and fluency. It ensures that our children are not just learning to calculate, but also to understand the 'why' behind the maths.


Key Features of Our Maths Curriculum:



1. Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach (CPA):

We begin with concrete objects and manipulatives, helping children grasp concepts in a tangible way. This progresses to pictorial representations, bridging the gap to the more abstract mathematical symbols.



2. Small Steps Learning:

Each mathematical concept is broken down into small, manageable steps. This gradual progression ensures all children can keep pace and build confidence in their understanding.


3. Variation and Challenge:

Lessons are designed to challenge pupils through varied activities, encouraging them to apply their learning in different contexts and deepen their understanding.


4. Developing Mathematical Language:

Emphasis is placed on using correct mathematical terminology from an early age, enabling children to articulate their mathematical thinking clearly.


5. Engaging and Interactive Lessons:

Our lessons are interactive and designed to be enjoyable, fostering a love for maths. We use a variety of resources including games, stories, and practical activities.


Supporting Our Pupils:


We recognise that each child is unique, and our experienced teachers are adept at tailoring lessons to meet individual needs. We encourage parental involvement and offer resources for parents to support learning at home. We believe in equal opportunities so we strive to meet the needs of all our learners and give them equal access to our maths curriculum. It is important to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve alongside their peers and make excellent progress.


Building a Foundation for the Future:


Our commitment to the White Rose Maths approach lays the groundwork for our pupils' future success in maths. We aim to nurture not just competent mathematicians, but young learners who are curious, confident, and excited about maths.


In September 2023, we started our 'Mastering Number' journey. This program aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. 


Click on the subpage below to learn more about Mastering Number.

‘Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.’

(Chinese Proverb) 

'Maths is a subject of beautiful connections, it is not a long list of disconnected topics.'

(Jo Boaler)