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We follow a Maths Mastery Curriculum using the White Rose scheme of work, which breaks down the curriculum for each year group into smaller topics. These topics are taught through the three aims of fluency, reasoning and problem solving, differentiated to provide appropriate challenge to all children. We use a range of other resources to support the planning, including Abacus, Deepening Understanding, Pixl and Teaching for Maths Mastery from the NCETM. The yearly overview for each year group gives an outline of the blocks to be taught. Each of these blocks is then used by the teachers to create a unit overview, ensuring there is a clear progression of skills, knowledge and understanding.

The majority of Maths lessons follow a similar structure, consisting of: mental starter, followed by whole class focus with a guided task, finishing with independent or collaborative practice and a plenary. As recommended by the White Rose scheme, we have adopted an emphasis on the use of mathematical vocabulary using stem sentences.

Within class, children are taught in both ability and mixed ability groupings as appropriate to the learning that day. All lessons have the opportunity for the children to build on prior knowledge as well as apply their skills to reasoning and problem solving tasks. Children will move through these tasks at different speeds but will always be working on the same objective as the rest of the class.

Mental Maths

 Our mental maths focus for each phase is:

  • In KS1 the focus will be on counting, number bonds and other number skills
  • In lower KS2 the focus will be on times tables and linked division facts
  • In upper KS2 the focus will be on fractions, decimals, percentages, square and prime numbers


 All year groups from Reception upwards have been following the White Rose scheme of work, which consists of:

  • a yearly/termly overview outlining when each topic is taught  
  • weekly objectives
  • teaching notes and examples
  • small steps guidance
  • suggested mental and independent activities

Each year group uses these resources to create an overview for each unit, mapping out the skills and teaching points that need to be covered, as well as the opportunities for applying knowledge through reasoning and problems solving tasks. They then produce a short-term weekly plan of lessons based on the needs of their class, identified by assessment.


Every Maths lesson should have an element of arithmetic. In Y1-Y6, one mental starter a fortnight is designated for an arithmetic quiz, with the number and difficulty of questions appropriate to the age and ability of the class. Each year group has a Rising Stars Arithmetic Test book to use for this.


Assessment is continuous throughout the year, allowing for children who need targeted support to be identified. The children are assessed against each of the taught objectives and there are a range of White Rose materials that we use to support this process of teacher judgement, including the end of block and end of term tests (where appropriate).

Knowledge Organisers

We have created amazing knowledge organisers for each area of maths which summarise the key knowledge that children should know and the methods that they should be able to use independently by the end of each maths unit. You can access them here.

Download our calculation policy here. These will show you the strategies we use to teach the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and how the learning progresses as the children deepen their understanding.

Useful websites

Here are some great websites to help with all areas of Maths.

Parent/Carer Workshops

Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 5:45pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michael – Admin Assistant

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant