The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason, solve problems in a range of contexts. At Burton Road Primary School, our Mathematics Mastery curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. Children can experience a sense of achievement as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics. It provides pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning.
Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:
· High expectations for every child
· Number, place value and four operations always come first
· Focus on mathematical thinking and language
· Resources to support
· Problem solving and reasoning is central
·Calculate with confidence and understand why it works
Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
Over the last year we have continued developing our ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of the maths curriculum across school. Due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to be involved with the maths hub but this is something we are going to participate in over this coming year.
The pandemic has also meant that some children are off track with reaching the standards in maths and therefore a catch up programme has been put in place in order to ‘close the gap’. Using formative and summative assessments, teachers have analysed where the ‘gaps in knowledge and skills’ are and regular and relevant interventions have been put in place, alongside same day interventions. Specialist ‘Catch up’ teachers have been employed across each phase to deliver specific interventions and plug any gaps in knowledge.