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Hollybush Primary School uses the White Rose Maths scheme of work.  White Rose uses a mastery approach to maths teaching. This is a research-driven teaching and learning method that meets the goals of the National Curriculum.  Teachers will use other materials and resources to supplement their teaching.


In summary, a mastery approach… 


  • Puts numbers first: the White Rose scheme has number at its heart; confidence with numbers is the first step to competency in the curriculum as a whole.


  • Puts depth before breadth: the White Rose scheme reinforces knowledge again and again.


  • Encourages collaboration: children can progress through the scheme as a group, supporting each other as they learn.


  • Focuses on fluency, reasoning and problem solving: the scheme gives children the skills they need to become competent mathematicians.


At the heart of this mastery approach is the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach. Research shows that when children are introduced to a new concept, working with concrete physical resources and pictorial representations leads to a better understanding of abstract concepts. We use CPA throughout our schemes of learning.

Calculation Policy


Hollybush follows the White Rose Calculation Policy for Years 1-6.


The policy focuses on the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  At the start of each policy (Addition and Subtraction / Multiplication and Division) there is an overview of the different models and images that can support the teaching of different concepts.  Many of these models and images will be used by the teachers in the day to day teaching of these number operations.


These models and images support the concrete pictorial abstract (CPA) approach and help children to understand abstract concepts.  The policy provides explanations of the benefits of using the models and show the links between different operations.


Each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is then broken down into skills and each skill has a dedicated page showing the different models and images that could be used to effectively teach that concept. There is an overview of skills linked to year groups to support consistency through out school.  This is really helpful for parents if they want to support the teaching of the different operations at home.


At the end of the policy is a glossary of terms of the key language used to teach the four operations.

Progress Mapping


The following document gives an at-a-glance guide to how the White Rose Maths curriculum links to the Key Stage 1 and 2 national curriculum, and how it progresses through topics.


The progression documents are represented in two different ways.  The first shows a general breakdown of what is taught in each year across each of the major topic areas: Number, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.  The second representation links the DfE's 'ready to progress' criteria with the White Rose block (term) and the White Rose steps (lessons).

White Rose Progress Mapping - updated March 2023

White Rose Schemes of learning


You can access a detailed breakdown of the content of the learning for each step (lesson) by looking at these schemes.  Just click here and then choose your required year group from the drop down box.

Resources for Parents


White Rose Maths offers a range of online resources for parents.  These are really useful to support your child at home and back up the teaching that is happening in the classroom.


Home Learning: every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child complete the activity successfully.


Free downloads: FREE workbooks for Years 1 - 6 give children and parents an extra tool for enjoying maths together.


1-minute maths app: helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks!


Maths with Michael: supportive videos to help you support your children with their maths at home.

Knowledge Organisers


Below are a set of knowledge organisers.  They are a way of displaying key learning.  These knowledge organisers are produced by Twinkl and are an ideal way to support year 1 children across the maths curriculum.  They support the White Rose Maths schemes of learning and link to core concepts in the national curriculum.