At Thomlinson Junior School, we follow the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning throughout all year groups.

Teaching for Mastery

The scheme is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have been designed to support the aims and objectives of the new National Curriculum.

The units:

  • have number at their heart.  A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.
  • ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth.
  • ensure students have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group.
  • provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.

Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract

We believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking this approach.


Children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.


Alongside this, children should use pictorial representations.  These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.


Both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.

Calculation Policy

Click here to view the White Rose Maths Calculation Policy.  It gives useful examples of how we use concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to teach various calculation strategies.

Year Group Overviews

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Mental and Written Calculations

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