White Rose Maths: A teacher's guide

Paul Main

How can primary schools enhance the maths curriculum and develop number fluency with White Rose resources?

What is White Rose Maths?

In today’s world, there are plenty of resources available to help teachers teach mathematics. However, not all of them are free. Some require registration, some are only available to certain people, and others are just plain expensive.

But what if you could find a resource that was free, easy to access, and had everything you needed to teach your students?

Enter White Rose Maths, an award-winning maths resource that's used by schools and parents in the UK and around the world. Primary schools have been utilising these resources with increasing popularity and the workbook format is applicable to a range of school years.

The White Rose Maths books have been written by experienced teachers with many years of experience teaching children aged 5-11. They are filled with educational activities to make learning math fun for children and adults alike. The books cover a range of topics from numbers, shapes, measures, fractions, decimals, and percentages.

White Rose Maths is an award-winning system for teaching and learning mathematics to young learners. It has been developed in accordance with the UK education system by a team of mathematicians who have spent years developing innovative ways to teach mathematics. Their aim is to provide free resources for teachers so they can focus on teaching rather than worrying about finding resources.

It provides detailed "schemes of learning" (A scheme of learning is a clear, time-linked plan for learning) for Early Years up to GCSE level, along with worksheets, interactive whiteboard slides, parent booklets, and various other resources, many of which are free. The lessons are designed to be flexible enough to adapt to any curriculum or timetable. They also include teacher notes, which explain how to use the resources effectively.

White Rose Maths resources are used by pupils, parents, carers, teachers and practitioners across the UK and beyond. White Rose Maths provides a comprehensive programme of learning that is suitable for all children regardless of age, gender, background, abilities or prior knowledge.

What are the Aims of the White Rose Maths?

White Rose Maths aims to make teaching mathematics easier and more effective.

The White Rose Maths curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics. Students will gain a deep understanding of mathematics and enjoy solving mathematical problems with this course. The primary curriculum puts a significant emphasis on mathematical skills, curriculum content has to be well sequenced in order to promote a depth of understanding.

Many schools don't have the time to develop the learning resources to fill the learning gaps. Developing maths learning materials like any other subject requires a lot of time the schools don't always have. The White Rose resources are well suited to curriculum integration. The program comes with a plethora of problem-solving questions and randomly generated questions that are designed to really stretch pupils abilities.

This program is not just about teaching maths, it is about developing mathematical thinking skills. The aim of this program is to ensure that students are able to think mathematically and solve problems with confidence.

"Our aim is for young mathematicians to become:

  • Confident and able to recall and apply mathematical knowledge in different contexts
  • Able to explain their methods and thinking processes and apply skills in context
  • Fluent in different areas of maths
  • Efficient in applying problem-solving and reasoning skills
  • Independent thinkers
  • Making number work fun Maths
  • Aware of the Maths/ concepts/ process they are doing"

Traditional maths teaching has been criticised for being too abstract and difficult to grasp by many young learners. The mastery method is based on the idea that learning mathematics should be fun and enjoyable. It focuses on developing deep understanding rather than memorisation. This means that it helps children develop self-belief, persistence and resilience.

White Rose Maths offers a 'small steps' progression and yearly frameworks, which allow children to learn at their own pace while still achieving high standards.

White Rose Maths helps children develop their conceptual understanding of mathematics by using concrete objects, pictorial representations and abstract thinking. This inclusive approach is based on the principles of cognitive psychology and child development.

Interactive White Rose Resources

How is the White Rose Curriculum Structured?

The scheme is split into three levels; Early Years (ages 3–5), Years 1-11, Post 16 and Mixed Age. Each year is split into three terms: Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Let's review the curriculum for Early Years students.

Each term is divided into three to six sub-terms of up to 15 sessions each. Each sub-term starts with a scheme and has worksheets for each session. Many sessions have free worksheets and few of them are available as a premium resource.

You can download the resources directly from their website.

Visual Maths Resources
Visual Maths Resources

White Rose Premium Resources

White many White Rose Maths resources are offered completely free of charge, there are some resources that can be obtained for a nominal yearly access fee.

Premium resources for each school year can be availed for £30 for one year of access. This is great for parents who have chosen to homeschool their children.

Schools can buy the premium resources for their teachers in three bundles: Infant resources, Primary Maths resources and Secondary Maths resources. Each bundle is offered for £72 for a year's access.

We recommend the whole year package. This is by far the best offer. You can purchase a full set of workbooks for each term in the primary scheme of learning, including the autumn, spring and summer terms.

Each term has been designed to cover the same content and assessment requirements as the previous term. The workbooks are available in two formats – print and digital. Print books are delivered via post within 5 working days of ordering. Digital books are delivered instantly via email.

CPD support through White Rose Hubs
CPD support through White Rose Hubs

How Do Maths Teachers use White Rose Maths?

The teachers notes are designed to help teachers address common misconceptions, vocabulary and commands, and prompt students to think critically about problems. The notes are available in English.

Teachers can print the PDF files and use them with their students. Or they can order the more cost-effective printed workbooks.

The workbooks contain all the required maths worksheets for the whole term. They come in a handy format so that you can easily carry them around. The worksheets are printed in full colour and are easy to read.

The workbooks are designed to be used by both teachers and students. They contain exercises, lessons and activities that cover a wide range of mathematical topics, including fractions, decimals, algebra and more.

Helpful for Interventions and Catch-up

Because the workbooks are not labelled on the front cover by the school year group, practitioners can use them with pupils from different year groups, according to individual needs. This means that gaps in knowledge and misunderstanding can be filled without any awkwardness: instead, each pupil enjoys their own success.

These workbooks offer plenty of exciting activities to engage learners in learning and developing their mathematical skills. They’re ideal for supporting pupils who may struggle with certain topics or concepts, or those who require additional practice.

Using our specially designed blocks to make Maths less abstract
Using our specially designed blocks to make Maths less abstract

Ordering a Free White Rose Sample Pack

If you live in the UK, you can request the new White Rose Maths sample pack for Primary and Secondary Year Groups. This pack contains 6 booklets from different year groups. The booklets include all the topics covered in the current syllabus. Each booklet has been carefully selected by our teachers to give you a taste of the teaching style and content of the course. We hope you enjoy these samples and find them useful when choosing your next maths course.

Please note that the booklets are intended to be used as a sample pack. They are not meant to be used as a full curriculum. If you would like to use the booklets in your curriculum, please contact White Rose Maths directly.

How Does White Rose Maths Aid Home Schooling

A lot of parents are wondering how to help their kids with their math education. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be difficult to know where to start. White Rose Maths has created a roadmap that will help you through the complicated learning steps and blocks of learning.

White Rose Maths is an online resource for parents looking for advice on how to support their child's math education. The site provides a roadmap with all the crucial learning steps and blocks of learning so you can understand what your child should be doing at each stage in order to succeed in math.

Homeschooling families have many challenges to face when trying to get their child(ren) ready for the first day of school. These challenges include finding suitable materials, getting organised and keeping up with the changing demands of the curriculum.

With White Rose Maths, this is no longer an issue. You can simply download the relevant workbook for the current term and start using it straight away.

Make Maths Visual
Make Maths Visual

Using White Maths Resources at Home

Parents often ask us how they can help their children prepare for the first day of class. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Click on the set of lessons for your child’s year group.
  2. Watch the video (either on your own or with your child).
  3. You should provide your child with a calm and quiet place to work for roughly 20-30 minutes.
  4. As your child completes each lesson, you can support them with video guidance.

Using White Rose Maths for teaching outside of the UK

Yes. White Rose Maths has been developed by a team of educational experts and teachers to be used in any country. Even if you follow a different scheme in your country or curriculum, you will still be able to use the same books.

White Rose Maths is a flexible, standalone resource that can be used with any curriculum or teaching style. It can be used as additional support for teaching and learning, wherever you are in the world.

The White Rose Maths workbooks have been developed to make it easier for children to learn maths at home, while still being able to use their school textbooks.