At Cabot we believe that every child is a mathematician and that there is no such thing as being “bad at maths”. We believe that children need to see themselves in the classroom, have the opportunity to make and explore connections between and within different areas of maths, and to be encouraged to express their mathematical ideas.
Maths is about more than becoming fluent in number facts; it is also about becoming fluent in the language of maths, developing reasoning and solving a variety of standard and non-standard problems. We encourage creativity in maths, as well as links to real-world applications.
The Cabot Mathematician sees themselves and their culture within the maths they study, in their classrooms and in the wider world. They are aware of the value of maths in society, its historical significance and links to jobs. They are inquisitive, eager to explore, resilient and perseverant in the face of challenge and have a variety of creative approaches for solving problems. They make connections across their learning and have a quick recall of number facts which frees up their working memory when tackling problems.
The Cabot Maths classroom is a place where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth. Learners and teachers know that we are all going on the same maths journey. We will all start the journey together; some children will need a little additional support along the way; some children will explore the maths more deeply, before returning to the group; no children will be racing ahead on a different journey; no children will be left behind, alone and isolated (with thanks to Martin Adsett, Mastery Specialist).
At Cabot, our teaching of mathematics aims to enable every child to move on in their learning and achieve their potential. We work with children from their starting points, based on their prior learning, and develop the mathematical skills and knowledge needed for later life. We also inspire and excite children, develop their skills so that they can work in partnership with a wide range of people, appreciate that everyone should be included and celebrate excellence, which we appreciate will look different for every child. We develop children’s confidence, enjoyment and oracy skills in maths, so they are able to access, appreciate and express their learning.
We use the White Rose schemes of learning as the 'spine' of our maths teaching, and we supplement these schemes with several other resources. You can access the schemes of learning on their website, and see the coverage and progression of each year group:
Please also visit class pages to see which units are taught throughout the year.
Also, to ensure calculation is taught consistently, and that skills build from year to year, staff also follow our calculation policy. This can be found on our policies page.
To help children with their maths learning, we subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars and Mathletics. The children know their usernames and passwords for both sites, and can play games and answer questions set by their teachers on both sites. You can access the websites at:
We recommend that children regularly practise their number bonds, times tables and associated division facts. If you need support with this, or additional resources, please see your child's class teacher.