Mathematics Statement Of Intent


At Whittonstall and Broomley First School the pupils are taught that Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. The high-quality mathematics education that we provide therefore ensures a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.



We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • 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.

Positive Mindsets

In our federation we thoroughly believe in helping children develop their growth mindset and see mathematics as a way to 'get creative'. We recognise that by working to a mastery curriculum we are allowing all children to develop and access challenge, all staff actively teach with a 'Low threshold, High ceiling' ethos and see each child as a promising mathematician.

Through our maths promise we ensure all children feel the value of mistakes, we see them as Evidence that we are trying'. All children adhere to our maths promise and know that Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which they need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. At Whittonstall and Broomley First School pupils make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and recognise maths is embedded across the curriculum.  


Information and communication technology (ICT)

At Whittonstall and Broomley First School we believe that calculators should not be used as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic. They are therefore only introduced to support pupils’ conceptual understanding and exploration of more complex number problems, if written and mental arithmetic are secure.


Spoken language

The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. Pupils are assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others and teachers ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. Emphasis on accuracy of language and full well reasoned explanations is evident in learning.  

  • Whittonstall First School, Main Road,
    Whittonstall, Northumberland DH8 9JN
  • 01207 560325
  • Broomley First School, Main Road, Stocksfield
    Northumberland NE43 7NN
  • 01661 842271