Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at WHPS is to develop:

  • an ability to solve problems
  • to reason
  • to think logically
  • to work systematically and accurately.

All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience both hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding.

Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised regularly to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.


WHPS uses Collins Busy Ants scheme to plan and sequence learning which supports the fundamentals of the mastery approach within lessons.

The Medium-term plan for each year group in Busy Ant Maths offers a meticulously constructed sequence through the Programme of Study in the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014). For each year group (Years 1 to 6), distribution of the 36 teaching weeks in an academic year is organised into 12 three-week units. These units have been carefully structured in such a way to ensure continuity and progression, and that the amount of time dedicated to the different topics in the mathematics curriculum is balanced.

Through regular pre and post unit assessments, teachers are able to identify appropriate interventions and scaffolding to explain conceptual and procedural knowledge to pupils who require further support.

Effective and precise questioning is used to encourage children to verbalise and reflect on responses to the lesson intent.

Teaching appropriate mathematical vocabulary is part of our daily practice to ensure proficiency and is one of the most important and impactful aspects of developing our pupils into able mathematicians.


Maths policy 2021

Calculation Policy (Busy Ants)

Curriculum Map

Statements of Progression and End Points