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What does maths mean to you?

Our Vision

At Northfield, we strive for children to have:

  • A positive attitude to mathematics as a thought-provoking and valuable subject that is important in everyday life.
  • An understanding of mathematics conceptually through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem solving
  • Learning opportunities that allow children to work cooperatively, collaboratively and independently
  • Confidence in mathematics where children can use an expanding range of mathematical language to express ideas fluently, thinking critically about concepts.
  • Fluency in the fundamentals of maths through varied and frequent practice.
  • The ability to recall facts and apply this key knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Strategies to solve problems, breaking down sophisticated problems into smaller carefully though-out steps.
  • Opportunities to challenge themselves, putting no limit on the depth of their understanding.
  • A culture where perseverance and resilience is celebrated.
  • The belief that everyone and anyone can be good at maths.



At Northfield, we love bar models, so we have made one to represent the elements of our learning in maths. All these elements add together to make a mathematician at Northfield.

At Northfield Primary School, we have adopted the White Rose approach to the teaching of mathematics, here is a section from their website that really embodies why we think it is the best approach for the children of our school.


Together, we’re building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, we help teachers and learners everywhere to achieve excellence.


As we prove this to pupils and teachers alike, we’re shaping assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.


We’re committed to working together to be and give the very best, and to make a difference to every pupil.

Our mantra is simple:

Key Instant Recall Facts


To help develop children’s fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts.


These lists of KIRFs align with the curriculum.

They are intended to be challenging and it is intended that children will be taught the necessary maths in lessons beforehand. We expect children to practice their KIRFs at least 3 times a week; they will explore them in lessons at school also. Every week, the children will be given a 'quick maths' grid, that comprise of the KIRFs from their year group and previous year groups to consolidate. They time themselves each day and the children love to see their accuracy and speed improve! These facts will greatly help the children achieve their expected outcomes at the end of their respective academic year group.


White Rose Maths overviews by year group - these form the basis of our maths curriculum

Could you be a Times Table Rockstar?

UKS2 Parent Event

"I enjoyed the event. It was great to see the pupils in action, showing off their maths skills. I was surprised how many of them wanted to have a go at a year 6 SATS paper, they must be mad! 😊"


"It was nice to see what work they do in class."


"I enjoyed the event . It was lovely to see all the kids that work so hard . Who said maths is boring 😃 ? - this was such a great event. Thank you for inviting us ! 😀"

Year 5/6 Able Maths Event