Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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Our Value for this half term is Respect. "Do to others what you would have them do to you" Matthew 7:12





At Gunness and Burringham Church of England Primary School, we believe every child can achieve in maths and it is our responsibility to provide the environment and experiences to make this possible. We believe every child is a capable mathematician with the ability to reason and problem solve. Our intention is that all children will develop wisdom and a secure knowledge of mathematical concepts and be able to apply these in a range of contexts, including real life experiences. We endeavour for all children to see mistakes as learning opportunities and feel empowered to ask questions, explain and reason. We continue to develop resilience and encourage children to embrace challenge enabling them to flourish in maths.



We adopt a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of maths across the whole school. This approach recognises the value of developing the knowledge, wisdom, the power to think, understand and reason rather than just ‘do’ use a set of given rules. The fundamental belief is that every child can achieve number fluency, confidence and understanding step by step, ensuring that it is inclusive to all.

Here at Gunness and Burringham Church of England Primary School, we work initially from the Power Maths Curriculum (White Rose Edition) and from Mastering the Curriculum in EYFS. Through a positive growth mindset from teachers and pupils, combined with strong teacher subject knowledge, all children are given the opportunity to access and achieve age related expectations (ARE).

This ensures we are narrowing gaps and encouraging similar rates of progression. Children are taught procedures for calculations alongside conceptual understanding, with reasoning and problem solving having a high profile. All children are challenged to develop their thinking within the year group objectives. Children who do not succeed in mastering an objective are quickly identified and support is put in place to help them narrow the gap. In some cases, a child may not be working at ARE so individual support plans need to be in place to ensure the child is taught to meet their full potential.



The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that children understand the relevance and importance of what they are learning in relation to real life concepts. Children know that maths is a vital life skill that they will rely on in many areas of their daily life. Children have a positive view of maths and see it as an exciting and enjoyable subject in which they can investigate and ask questions;  they know that it is OK to make mistakes and that this can strengthen their learning because the journey to finding an answer is most important. Children are confident to ‘have a go’ and are resilient when faced with a challenge. Maths books show work to a high standard and challenge for all children.



95% of children say that they enjoy maths

97 % of children agree that maths will help them in a job in the future

92% of children say that they are not afraid to make mistakes as they know it helps them to learn



Working Walls

Mathematic Working Walls 

Every classroom has a ‘Working Maths Wall’ which shows key Maths learnt in recent lessons through posters or flipchart sheets used in sessions with children. Visual representations are displayed and walls are a source of learning for children to use during their independent learning. There are key mathematical aids and concrete resources for children to access independently before they ask for adult support. Resources such as number lines, number grids, base 10 or place value counters are available in all classrooms.


Maths Week!

Problem solving, reasoning and collaborative learning. Just some of the things that took place this week. The children had a great week working both together and individually to solve problems linked to concepts that have been previously taught. 


Year 2 have been learning about money this week so we played shops to help with making different amounts of money.

Measuring in centimetres and metres