At Debden Primary Academy we believe that mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools, through developing an ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, they also learn to appreciate the contribution made by many people to the development and application of mathematics.

 It is our aim to develop:

  • A growth mindset about ability to learn mathematics
  • A positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of how fascinating elements of mathematics can be
  • Competence and confidence with numbers and the number system and other mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
  • Problem solvers, who can reason, think logically, work systematically and apply their knowledge of mathematics
  • An ability to communicate using mathematical language
  • An ability to work both independently and with others

To enable this, we follow the Mathematics Mastery Approach to teaching Mathematics using the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of work and planning materials.

 This approach has mathematical problem solving at its heart and has three key principles, we teach children to:   

1.           Use spoken and written language with confidence and clarity to explain and justify mathematical reasoning.


Every lesson involves children explaining mathematics.


2.           Have a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts.


This is achieved through covering fewer topics in greater depth. Pupils master concepts rather than learning procedures by rote. They do this using concrete objects and pictures before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).

3.           Develop mathematical thinking, including generalising, classifying and comparing, and modifying.