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Maths at WFIS & Nursery

Mathematics is one of the most important subjects in the curriculum. Maths is a tool which unlocks a wide range of activities and is essential for adult life. It enhances the ability to think in a systematic and logical way.

At WFIS and Nursery we deliver a high quality Mastery Curriculum in Mathematics which, in turn, provides 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.

Since the introduction of the Mastery approach in 2019, we have adapted our Teaching and Learning to follow the new developments and our Policies coincide with this. At WFIS we follow the ‘’Power Maths’’ Mastery scheme.

Our Maths lead at WFIS and Nursery is training to become a Primary Maths Mastery Specialist with the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics). Part of this role involves supporting teachers with training and development to ensure they have the right knowledge and skills to deliver high quality maths lessons. This ensures that our children's maths lessons have a high impact on outcomes.

What is Power Maths?

The “Power Maths” scheme (published by Pearson and recommended by the Department of Education) has been carefully chosen by us. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It provides high quality children’s workbooks to ensure consistency across the school. This supports the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum, embracing the underlying principle of the mastery approach. A series of small cumulative steps have been constructed for each area of mathematics in order for all children to build a solid foundation of deep mathematical understanding. For each year group, the curriculum is broken down into core concepts, taught in units. A unit divides into smaller learning steps. Step by step, strong foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding are built.

The Calculations Policy sets out the guidelines that teachers follow in teaching the four calculations to children. As the children progress through the school, they will learn new ways of solving problems using a variety of different methods. This is to give all children the opportunity to find a process that works best for them.

Please click here to view our Mathematics Calculation Policy: Key Stage 1

Please click here to view Mathematics Calculation Policy: Reception

What does Maths Mastery mean?

Since the introduction of Mastery in Mathematics, there has been a lot of confusion over what this actually means. Below we have detailed out the basics for you, to help you understand this concept.

Mastering Maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.

Some people confuse mastery with Greater Depth. This is not the case, they are two very different things. All children in our school have access to a Mastery curriculum which is based on the idea of ensuring all children have 'mastered' their Mathematics and secured a deepened understanding (as mentioned above). Greater Depth refers to pupils who show a higher level of understanding for an area or aspect of learning and are able to challenge themselves further with new concepts and ideas.

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Power Maths lessons at WFIS include the following:


Connecting new ideas to concepts that have already been understood, and ensuring that, once understood and mastered, new ideas are used again in next steps of learning, all steps being small steps

 Representation and Structure

Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation

 Mathematical Thinking

If taught ideas are to be understood deeply, they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student: thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others


Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics


Varying the way a concept is initially presented to students, by giving examples that display a concept as well as those that don’t display it. Also, carefully varying practice questions so that mechanical repetition is avoided, and thinking is encouraged.

Why do we teach what we teach?

Six key skills:

  1.  Problem solving and reasoning
  2.  Independence
  3.  Listening
  4.  Resilience
  5.  Number sense
  6.  Team work

Mastering Number

In Reception and Key Stage 1, in addition to Mathematics lessons, children also take part in ‘Mastering Number’ sessions. These sessions aim 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. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Practical Maths Resources

When introducing new concepts, we use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach in order to embed understanding and build competency. The concrete stage encourages children to use hands on resources such as counters, cubes, dienes, numicon, tens frames, bead strings etc.

Useful Maths Website Links

CBeebies Maths -

BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1 -

TopMarks -

Crickweb Early years -

Maths Zone Games -

Primary Games Arena -

Useful Maths Apps Available for Android or Apple Devices

NumBots (Your child will have a school login for this)

Topmarks App Hit the Button

Doodle Maths