What is Maths Mastery?

The Maths Mastery approach focuses on whole class teaching and developing a deep understanding.  All pupils are encouraged to believe that through their own efforts they can succeed.

Teaching for Mastery can be summarised with a few key principles:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics covered in greater depth
  • Number sense and place value are priorities
  • Problem solving is central to all learning
  • Challenge is provided through increased depth, rather than acceleration of content.

The structure of a lesson is built around three key concepts: concrete, pictorial and abstract so that children   understand what they are doing rather than just learning just to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.

The Maths Mastery approach focuses on:

We follow the White Rose ‘Small Steps to Progression’.  These small steps breakdown the learning objectives children need to master in order to gain a deep
understanding of maths topics. 
Mathematical concepts are taught in blocks as seen in the yearly overviews below.  In addition children take part in Mastering Number sessions to develop fluency and calculation and a confidence and flexibility with   number.

Foundation Stage:

Year 1:

Year 2:

Role of parents:

Parental involvement has a large and positive impact on children’s learning.

Maths should be:

  • Positive
  • Fun
  • Varied

Frequent and varied practice of key skills in number can best be provided by games,
particularly those involving dice and cards, as well as involving children in everyday activities that make sure of Maths. 

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Here are some examples of the everyday things you might find in your home or outside, that you can use to support your child’s Maths at home.