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National Curriculum Intent:

  • 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.
  • All pupils reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • All pupils can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

At Cherry Orchard, we ensure an effective progression of skills and knowledge is being delivered across all year groups by following White Rose Hub small steps. In addition, we use their Ready to Progress document to enable children to be ready for the transition to their subsequent year group.


Cherry Orchard Intent:

  • Children are confident, competent and independent mathematicians 
  • Children build a deep conceptual understanding of maths and its interrelated content so that children can apply their learning in different situations
  • Develop children’s ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary 
  • ‘Mistake friendly’ classrooms where children see mistakes as learning tools
  • ‘The answer is just the beginning…..’- there is an emphasis placed upon developing the power to ‘think’ rather than just the ‘do’
  • ‘Curious Cherries’ mascot to instil the mind-set in every child and staff member that everyone can do maths and that maths is for everyone.
  • Children develop into resilient and inquisitive learners – skills needed to become life-long mathematicians
  • Deliver a rich, inspiring and engaging curriculum, taught by highly-enthusiastic staff, which sparks curiosity and excitement and which nurtures confidence in maths. 


A ‘mastery’ approach has been adapted and implemented at Cherry Orchard Primary School for the planning and delivery of mathematics. Furthermore more, this approach will engage children, staff and families with mathematics.

When planning for content coverage, teachers are expected to take the following mastery strategies into account:

  • Daily maths lessons following the small steps- outlined in the White Rose ‘Schemes of Learning’
  • ‘Mastery’ lesson structure used to scaffold deep understanding:


  • Implementing the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach to introducing, exploring, and applying mathematical concepts
  • Include all learners, providing relevant support for those with additional needs (educational, medical or otherwise)
  • Considering key questions and mathematical vocabulary at the point of unit planning to support mathematical thinking.
  • Sentence stems utilised to support children with generalisations
  • Fluency is developed through daily ‘Mastering Number’ sessions in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.   
  • Fluency is developed through daily Maths Express sessions in Year 3-6.
  • Instant feedback alongside Maths Express sessions facilitate same day intervention for identified children. This will support access for the next small step of learning.


Impact will be measured through teacher judgement supported by White Rose assessments and monitored through lesson observations, learning walks, book looks and pupil conferencing.

The impact of our curriculum will be evident through:


Making pupils into problem solvers through lesson design which connects prior learning to unseen contexts.

Applicable to the real world so children understand why they are learning, monitored through pupil voice.

Together, curious and creative developed through conceptual and procedural variation to support mathematical thinking. Precision and use of vocabulary scaffolds the exploration into curiosity e.g. ‘I wonder if…..’, ‘I know……..’ (as listed on working walls). Children will apply knowledge to a range of contexts.

Helping every child succeed through a clear ethos from adopting the mastery approach evident through whole school culture.

Skills for life. Resilience, risk taking, curiosity and exploration are achieved through the mastery approach. These skills are prompted through maths mascots, ‘Our Curious Cherries wonder why…..’