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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!




At Kempsey Primary School, we believe that all children have the potential to become confident, competent mathematicians. Our aim is for all children to leave KPS, at the end of year six, fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, with a strong conceptual understanding and to be independent and accurate in applying procedures.



As a school, our approach to maths is teaching for mastery. We believe that everybody has the potential to be successful and competent in maths, regardless of prior experience and attainment.


Last year, to further improve quality and consistency of our maths provision, we implemented White Rose Maths as our scheme of learning.


Our enthusiastic teachers employ a small steps approach to teaching maths, ensuring that children have been successful before moving onto the next step of their maths journey. Children are challenged to think deeply and reason in all lessons. Teachers ensure that the White Rose Maths scheme has been revised and adapted appropriately, to meet the needs of the children in their class. Further, formative assessment is threaded throughout every lesson, enabling teachers to address misconceptions as they arise and adapt future learning to continue to meet the needs of their class.


In EYFS, the children receive taught sessions, as well as stimulating and varied enhanced provision with free-flow activities.


In KS1 and KS2, maths learning take place through one whole class lesson per day. This is supplemented with daily number fluency and subitising sessions, which provide opportunity or practising key number skills and develop rapid recall of known facts. Weekly, we also employ targeted interventions and pre-teach for identified children.



The children at KPS enjoy their maths lessons and talk enthusiastically about their learning. They are confident problem solvers, analytical thinkers and can independently apply mathematical concepts in unfamiliar situations. They have an understanding of how and why maths is used in the ‘real world’ and are eager to continue their learning as they continue their education.

KPS maths journey!

2022 - 2023

This year, we have continued using White Rose Maths as our scheme for teaching maths. We have moved onto their new schemes, which have been adapted and updated specifically for this academic year. We are continuing to use the printed work books in class, which the children and staff are very fond of.


This year, we also have a new focus of subitising, to develop number sense and support fluency of known facts. 


We are also planning some collaborative work between maths leads throughout the HUET, with a focus on consistency and transition. 


2021 - 2022

In 2021, we moved away from Power Maths and onto White Rose Maths as our scheme of learning. White Rose Maths is a much better fit for our children at KPS and has adapted it's scheme to include 'recap steps' from the previous year group, to address content that may have been missed due to the pandemic. 


2020 - 2021

This year we continued with the GLOW Maths hub sustaining project. Following the lockdown in 2020, we have started to supplement Power Maths with White Rose Maths content, particularly for children who are isolating at home. 


During to Spring Term lockdown (2021) we used a lot of White Rose Maths for learning in school and for children at home. The teaching videos have proven to be very effective with keeping children engaged and allowing all children to continue to make progress throughout the maths curriculum. 


2019 - 2020

Following the success of our GLOW Maths Hub journey last year, we are continued to work as part of GLOW this year on a Transition Project. This focussed on working alongside Hanley Castle High School to develop commonalities within mathematics (such as teaching and representations) in order to facilitate the transition of learning maths from Upper KS2 into KS3.


2018 - 2019

The maths lead and another teacher joined the the GlowMaths Hub to refine the teaching and provision of mathematics, specifically teaching maths for mastery. The Hub is an ever-growing number of schools who work collaboratively to share best practice in maths. For further information about the hub and its work, please follow the link below:



Recall Progression Sheet

As a staff we looked at the expectations for each year group and put together a sheet outlining the skills we expect the children to recall quickly. 


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