Thornton Maths Curriculum Statement

"Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

Shakuntala Devi

The language of mathematics is global. The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to think mathematically, reason mathematically, solve problems and feel a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


At Thornton Primary School, our Mathematics Mastery Curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. Children can experience a sense of awe, wonder and accomplishment as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics. It provides pupils with a deeper understanding of the subject, ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning and how they can apply it in the real world.


Key features of our Maths Mastery Curriculum:


  • High expectations for every child
  • A Mathematical curriculum where topics are revisited in different contexts to ensure consolidation in areas studied and to spend significant time developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning.
  • Focus on mathematical thinking and language
  • Developing and nurturing a ‘growth mindset’ approach that everyone can do mathematics
  • Problem solving in context is central
  • Teaching children to reason and, therefore, explain/deepen their understanding


Our Mathematics Curriculum places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat procedures without grasping the fundamental underpinning mathematical concepts.


This will result in our children to solve problems efficiently and think logically. It will help them be resilient in their learning and become reflective learners who are able to discuss and evaluate their work with confidence. It will also help our children become confident mathematicians who can work effectively in a group or independently choosing resources to help their understanding. Furthermore, it will also prepare them to apply their mathematical skills effectively in everyday life situations and in their future learning.