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Sherford Vale School

Sherford ValeSchool

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What does Maths look like at Sherford Vale?

Mathematics at Sherford Vale School is designed to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • are able to reason mathematically
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics

At Sherford Vale School, these skills are embedded within maths lessons and developed consistently over time. Children are exposed to wide range real-life contexts so that they can recognise the importance of maths in the wider world. Maths across the school is designed to promote independence and a love of learning and often involves practical and hands-on activities, inside and outside, as well as combining with other subjects across the curriculum such as science and design and technology. Children are encouraged to be curious about the subject; with regular opportunities for exploration, discussion and questions.


Mathematics at Sherford Vale School is in keeping with our ethos of think, create, ask and succeed:

THINK: Children are encouraged to think about how mathematical concepts are connecting. They will learn to reason mathematically and be able to justify their thoughts.


CREATE: Regular opportunities are provided for children to investigate and physically manipulate mathematical concepts. Children are encouraged to think creatively about solving problems and challenged to find numerous or efficient methods. They will create their own questions to demonstrate application of new knowledge.


ASK: Children will ask questions to deepen their knowledge and conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. Teachers will regularly ask questions which probe children to think of alternative methods or support children to make connections with other mathematical concepts.


SUCCEED: Children will be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and be able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children will apply their mathematical fluency skills to solve increasingly complex problems and reason mathematically. Pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problems.