Mathematics at The Federation of St Mary’s Catholic Schools

The aims of the national curriculum for mathematics are to ensure that all pupils:

* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems, so that the pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, predicting and testing 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.


Our Journey Towards Maths Mastery

Over the past two years we have been working towards a mastery approach for maths. This means that all children are confident mathematicians and have a can do mindset towards maths.

During 2015-2016 some principles of the mastery curriculum were introduced e.g. use of concrete, practical, abstract approach linked to the use of practical resources and above all the children were given more time to develop a greater understanding of a topic before moving on. The impact on maths lessons was that there was a greater use of concrete materials and more time given to speaking and listening. In books there was more practice of skills, but also a development of problem solving involving these skills. In some cases the pace of the lessons seemed to be slower, but the pace of learning has been improved, through deeper thinking.

Then during 2016-2017 we are continuing to work further on the principles of mastery. Teachers in Years 1 and 3 are worked in collaboration with the North West Maths Hub 3. We will be further developing the “Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract” approach to develop the children’s conceptual understanding. Teachers worked collaboratively to share good practice throughout the school.

Now we are ready to fully launch a mastery approach across the school. Although the majority of the curriculum time will be spent on number, they will also learn about shape, measures and statistics. The children will become fluent with number using the appropriate strategy for their understanding and will use practical materials in order to aid their understanding.


Files to Download