At St White’s we feel the best way to achieve the aims set out by the National Curriculum is a Mastery Approach. What do we mean by Mastery?

The essential idea behind mastery is that all pupils need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that

  • future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught;
  • there is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some pupils falling behind.
  • pupils who, when taught using other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed while the attainment of all is raised.

At St White’s, we view the Mastery approach as a set of principles and beliefs. This includes a belief that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all pupils can achieve in and have enthusiasm for mathematics. Mastery of the curriculum is the development of deep rather than superficial conceptual understanding.

Want some support with helping your child with their maths?


Follow the links to some useful videos that will support the teaching of a particular skill.

  1. Click the link to take you to the specific year group overview you are looking for.
  2. Press the view button for the topic you would like support with.
  3. Scroll to find the video that you are working on and this should help. 


Times Tables


To support the children in their mathematics, we develop their recall of their multiplication tables. Here are the multiplication tables that need to be learned to meet the National Curriculum expectations:

By the end of Y4, all children should be able to rapidly recall all their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.

Year group expectations are as follows:

By the end of Y2, children should know the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
By the end of Y3, children should also know the 3, 4 and 5 multiplication tables.
By the end of Y4, children should also know the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 multiplication tables.

For parents who want to encourage their children to improve their tables, the school offers TT Rock Stars and logins are available to all pupils. This is an engaging online game which allows children to enjoy improving their times tables knowledge and the school encourages its use. You will know when they 'know their tables' because they will be able to give you the answer to a calculation like 3x4 without thinking or using their fingers!