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Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do.

Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.

Shakuntala Devi (1929 - 2013) also known as 'The Human Computer'


At Burrington CE Primary School we are: pattern spotters, problem solvers and creative thinkers. We are...... MATHEMATICIANS!

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 

(DFE Mathematics Programmes of Study 2013)


At Burrington we believe that maths is for everyone and should be made accessible to all. Through careful planning, excellent teacher knowledge and enthusiasm, we aim to foster a sense of curiosity in the numbers and patterns we see around us and have fun exploring and investigating mathematical patterns in our learning. 

We follow a Teaching for Mastery Approach and have chosen to use White Rose Scheme to deliver our maths curriculum. 

Teaching for Mastery Approach




Lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually unfold the concept, providing access for all children and leading to a generalisation of the concept and the ability to apply the concept to a range of contexts.

 Representation and Structure

Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation

 Mathematical Thinking

If taught ideas are to be understood deeply, they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student: thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others


Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematic


Variation is twofold. It is firstly about how the teacher represents the concept being taught, often in more than one way, to draw attention to critical aspects, and to develop deep and holistic understanding. It is also about the sequencing of the episodes, activities and exercises used within a lesson and follow up practice, paying attention to what is kept the same and what changes, to connect the mathematics and draw attention to mathematical relationships and structure