At Andoversford Primary School, we have adopted a mastery approach to mathematics so that all pupils can secure a deep understanding of the concepts that they are taught. Our approach to maths teaching is fully inclusive and ensures that all children make progress together. We strive to give all children access to the skills that they need to develop both a deep conceptual understanding and fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics. Having a positive attitude, along with the willingness to make mistakes, underpins everything we do in maths.
We teach The National Curriculum for mathematics, which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
In order to achieve these aims, maths is delivered in whole class ‘Master the Maths’ lessons, which are carefully planned to break down mathematical key concepts into small steps. In our lessons, we extend pupils’ thinking with deep tasks; challenge misconceptions and encourage pupils to apply their understanding in a range of contexts. We actively encourage the use of mathematical talk to develop understanding and use collaborative learning strategies to make sure that the curriculum is accessible to all of our learners. Teachers and pupils use a variety of concrete resources and visual representations to develop understanding. Pupils are asked to prove their thinking; explain their methods and consolidate their prior knowledge to build new learning.
In addition to our ‘Master the Maths’ lesson, we have a daily opportunity to develop key arithmetic skills and number fluency in a ‘Fluency Facts’ session. In this time, children use deliberate practice techniques to ensure that number facts are available at their fingertips. Children are also supported through specific planned interventions and pre-teach sessions, which enable all pupils to develop their confidence in mathematics.
We have created some short videos showing how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division so that parents can help at home.
Videos coming soon...
Help for Parents
Oxford Owl, part of Oxford University Press, have created some fantastic information pages for parents. You can take a look at what your child is taught in each year group and see some ideas and games which you can do at home. Visit their website here: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/