In maths, we are following the Teaching for Mastery approach. Mastering maths means pupils of all ages acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
- To ensure children learn and remember mathematical knowledge.
- To allow children build on prior knowledge through a carefully sequenced and progressive curriculum.
- Children will enjoy maths and realise that everyone can succeed in this subject.
- The majority of the class will be taught together, learning the same maths at the same time.
- Children learn to reason and solve mathematical problems and make links with real life.
- Children will understand that mistakes are part of learning and develops resilient learners.
- Basic number facts (number bonds and times tables to 12×12) are learnt so children work quickly and accurately.
- Teachers teach for depth of understanding.
- Staff will use research around cognitive science to help children learn and remember more.
- Staff will check understanding through spaced retrieval exercises.
- Maths is taught daily.
- Mental maths is taught daily so children become fluent and efficient in all previous learning.
- A carefully planned learning journey of small steps will be taken in order to ensure that all children master the concepts before moving on and that no child is left behind.
- If a pupil requires extra support, this is identified quickly and where possible same day intervention takes place.
- Lesson design ensures that the 3 aims of the National Curriculum are covered; fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
- Children learn concepts following a concrete – pictorial – abstract sequence.
- Questions are carefully devised in order to make explicit use of patterns and connections.
- Stem sentences are used in order to ensure clarity of the small step and a deep understanding that is not lost over time.
- Teacher assessment is used accurately and effectively, through end of block and end of term assessments.
- Maths is closely monitored by the subject leader which involves lesson observation, book scrutinies, staff meetings, work with advisors and support.
- Children will develop a love of maths
- Children will become fluent, competent and efficient mathematicians
- They will have the ability to reason and problem solve, often using more than one approach
- Children will have the skills to use maths in real life
- Children will have mathematical knowledge and quick retrieval of basic number facts
- They will sport patterns and connections
- Children are resilient, will be able to learn from mistakes and try alternative strategies
- Children will be ready for the challenges of the next year group and secondary ready