At the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation, our aim is for our children to become resilient, confident skilled mathematicians who are able to transfer their skills learnt into the maths that they meet in everyday life. Through our commitment to excellent teaching and a well-designed curriculum, our lessons aim to motivate and engage all children allowing them opportunities to develop and master their skills through reasoning, creativity and collaboration. We endeavour to ensure that our children become fluent mathematicians who thrive upon conquering challenges and puzzles that mathematics brings and who are not afraid to make mistakes.

Using Whiterose Maths as our basis, we have tailor-made an exciting mathematics curriculum which allows our staff to teach across our mixed age classes ensuring that there are opportunities for children to consolidate previous learning and provide challenge for all. Within our daily lessons, teachers plan in opportunities for children to practise fluency of mathematics skills and embed their understanding through a variety of problem solving and reasoning opportunities.

Our maths leader is always happy to answer more questions or give advice about anything maths-related. Miss Thompson is a specialist teacher of maths and works closely with maths hubs.


As a Federation we follow the National Curriculum programmes of study for the teaching of mathematics and we aim to excel in its three core areas:

  • Fluency
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving

Each year group are taught to be fluent in the fundamental workings of the number system as this feeds into all number based work and wider problem solving activities.

The teachers follow the following sequence when introducing a new concept:

  1. Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them to understand what they are doing
  2. Pictorial – children should add pictorial representations alongside their concrete work. These can then be used to help reason and problem solve.
  3. Abstract – moving from the concrete and pictorial to the abstract and being able to solve problems in a more abstract way.

During the maths lesson, through carefully chosen tasks and activities, there are opportunities for Mathematical talk, direct teaching, guided teaching and independent working to allow children opportunities to explore the concept and demonstrate their understanding. The tasks and activities chosen to support the children’s learning move from varied fluency to reasoning and problem solving and children have access to apparatus and manipulatives to support their learning as required.

Mastering Number

We are currently working with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Maths Hubs Network on a ‘Mastering Number’ programme. It aims to develop solid number sense, including fluency and flexibility with number facts, which will have a lasting impact on future learning for all children. It also involves high quality professional development for teachers.

Teachers deliver a daily session of 10 to 15 minutes in addition to their daily maths lesson. Central to the programme is a small, abacus-like piece of equipment called a rekenrek, which will be provided for use by children in participating classes. For more information, please see the video link at the bottom of this page.


Impact on learning within the lesson is assessed using focused questioning and observations with feedback provided and misconceptions addressed. At the end of each lesson, teachers mark book with comments and children are given the opportunity to correct errors and address misconceptions before the next lesson or at the start of a lesson.

Following each unit of work, the children complete a post-learning test, using the White Rose end of unit assessments in order for teachers to track their progress against specific objectives taken from the National Curriculum as well as identify objectives which need revisiting. More formal assessments are undertaken across the school every term which are used to track in-year progress.


Provides lots of different interactive games, for all year groups in all areas of the maths curriculum, for children to practise and embed their skills.

Funky Mummy is a mobile friendly number facts game aimed at Reception, Yr1 and Yr2 children to help them practise quick recall of addition, subtraction and multiplication facts.

These websites allow children to practise their rapid recall of multiplication facts in preparation for Year 4 multiplication check.

A fun way for children to practise rapid recall of multiplication facts and other number work, allowing them to increase the speed they need to answer questions as they become more confident.