At Trawden Forest School, we believe that Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing our ability to calculate, communicate, reason and solve problems.

It enables children to explore, understand, and appreciate relationships and patterns, both in number and shape, in their everyday lives.

Through mathematics, children develop skills in confidence, independence, resilience and perseverance to enable them to become mathematical thinkers.

At Trawden Forest Primary School we aim for every child to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they can recall and apply knowledge of number bonds, times tables and calculation methods rapidly and accurately and use the most efficient methods.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, identifying patterns and justifying ideas using mathematical vocabulary.
  • Solve problems by applying their maths in a range of contexts and understanding the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
  • Have a positive and confident ‘can-do’ attitude towards mathematics by developing a growth mindset.


We believe that Mathematics:

• Is enjoyable

• Allows children to makes links, deepen understanding and all children to achieve success

• Enables reasoning, flexibility, efficiency and problem-solving

• Enables all children to learn together and that all children can and will achieve though small steps in learning and immediate intervention

• Enables all children to ‘go deeper’ and broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts.

• Allows children the opportunity to discuss mathematical concepts and structures.

• Uses mistakes as a learning opportunity so that children aren’t afraid to make them

• Allows children to think for themselves

“The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage.” (National Curriculum 2014)

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Mathematics in Action