Teaching for Mastery in Maths
At Sandbrook, we are adopting a new approach to the way in which we teach mathematics. We aim to provide children with a deep, long-term, adaptable and secure understanding of the subject.
We have a long term goal to adopt a mastery approach throughout school and this year we are trialling this way of teaching and learning Maths in Y1 and Y6.
At its core, a mastery approach rejects the idea that some children can’t do maths. It recognises that by nurturing positive attitudes and building confidence in mathematics, all children can achieve.
Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical structures and representations. Children are taught together as a whole class and the focus is on depth - not acceleration - so that all children have a chance to embed learning. Teaching is supported by high-quality resources which present the flow of lessons coherently and provide opportunities for plenty of intelligent practice.
We have applied to be part of the North West Hub and have been successful. We are working closely with St Edwards' C E Primary School. Miss Steedman is a trained Mastery Specialist for the local maths hub,. This year she will be working closely with Mr Cherryholme (Sandbrook maths lead) to develop Teaching for Mastery.
We are using the NCETM (National Centre for the Excellence of Teaching in Mathematics) endorsed resources . Children are given opportunities for rich discussion throughout lessons. Mathematical language is modelled and expected from all children. The level of challenge is high, and we are working to develop a culture in which children understand that mistakes are a valuable part of the learning process.
Click on the picture below to see some resources which teach reasoning and problem solving in KS1.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) provide lots of useful information and resources relating to the curriculum and how children's mathematical development progresses.
The specific objectives for each year group can be viewed by clicking on the links below. These objectives represent the aspiration for each child's achievement by the end of the academic year. Within some classes there may be children working below the expectations for their year group. Where this is the case, the school will be working to help the child to catch up with their peers. Where children have demonstrated a good grasp of the objectives for their year, the school will be working to deepen their understanding so that they can apply this knowledge in a range of problem solving contexts.
Mathematics objectives for each year group
The mathematics curriculum does not stand in isolation and teachers seek out opportunities for children to apply their knowledge in real life contexts and across other areas of the curriculum. For example, cooking provides many opportunities for children to measure whilst a science investigation will allow them to record and present statistics.