Mathematics at Pennoweth

Subject Lead: Mrs Callaway

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'It is about becoming a mathematical thinker, not a calculator.'


We believe that children need to really understand Mathematics, not just be able to relay facts and figures without knowing what they mean. In order to become a mathematical thinker, there must be a solid understanding of number and number facts, such as times tables and number bonds. It is not about knowing that 6 + 4 = 10, but about understanding why it does, and what else that means. It also means that 10 - 4 = 6, for example. This can then be related to the relationship between 16 + 4, or 60 and 40 making 100. This helps our children to understand decimals, fractions and percentages as they move through the school and be able to show these relationships in a variety of ways, through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods.

At Pennoweth we use the Mastery approach to teaching Mathematics, following the 5 main principles of Coherence, Representation and Structure, Mathematical Thinking, Fluency and Variation. The small steps of progression enable children to learn together and embed key knowledge in each strand of Maths, deepening their thinking and allowing them to reason mathematically, apply their knowledge to other curriculum areas and become confident, curious learners.

Children enjoy Maths at Pennoweth School and benefit from the consistency of the White Rose materials used in each year group, alongside familiar classroom resources and vocabulary, and daily fluency practice.

For more information on Mastery Maths, please click on the link below.


The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also aids and supports the teaching of Mathematics.

The structure of the lessons and the continuity of the concrete, pictorial and abstract presentations throughout the year groups ensure our children always feel safe and comfortable. They are encouraged to make mistakes and helped to learn from them, not see them as failures. The small steps of progression mean that every child is included in every lesson, and the help and support they receive from their adults and peers help them to feel loved. They are able to be responsible for their own learning, use manipulatives to work independently and seek counsel when they need it to help them progress further.  The children are engaged and motivated in their learning, they can absorb new knowledge in small steps and the greater depth thinking ensures that all children are sufficiently challenged. Finally, our children are ready. Ready to be independent, secure learners who can be resilient and apply their knowledge in different situations and contexts.

White Rose is used to guide our Maths curriculum at Pennoweth, ensuring sequential learning and consistency throughout the school. For an overview of the curriculum being taught in your child's year group, please see the relevant document below.
If you would like more information and a parent's guide to White Rose Maths, please click the 'White Rose for Parents' link at the bottom of the page.
At Pennoweth we know the importance of vocabulary, and each Maths lesson begins with a recap or explanation of relevant language which children will need to understand.
Please see below for a comprehensive list of Maths vocabulary used at Pennoweth School.
Every child in Pennoweth has been given a username and password for Mathletics.  This interactive website will be used to set homework each week and children can also access it to play mathematical games against each other and other children around the world. It is a fantastic learning tool and we would encourage you to explore the website with your child. Certificates will be awarded for children who reach Bronze, Silver and Gold level, badges will be awarded on Marvellous Me and the children will have their names added to the school newsletter. 
Useful Links
Please click on the links below for some useful websites to support learning at home.
The mathematicians at Pennoweth are always keen to show you their skills. Take a look at their strategies for addition.