Mathematics Mastery at Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy


INTENT (What are we aiming for in mathematics?)

At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy we believe that all children have the potential to succeed in mathematics and become confident mathematicians. We know that an effective approach to teaching mathematics is one which strives towards children not only acquiring mathematics knowledge and concepts but for them to master them. Our children experiment, explore and explain their mathematical thinking through a Mastery programme called Mathematics Mastery. Through this approach, all children have access to the same curriculum content regardless of ability and rather than being extended with new learning, they deepen their conceptual understanding by tackling challenging and varied problems. Similarly, with calculation strategies, pupils do not simply rote learn procedures but demonstrate their understanding of these procedures through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations.

IMPLEMENTATION (How does this look for our children?)

We use the Mathematics Mastery Programme to teach mathematics at Stapleford Abbotts Primary School which is designed on principles to provide our children with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical principles, the ability to confidently communicate in precise mathematical language, whilst becoming skilled mathematical thinkers. Staff are trained regularly by the Mathematics Mastery Senior Leader (MMSL) within the school, across TKAT schools and externally via the MM programme.

Daily maths lessons are split into 6 distinct parts - Do now, New learning, New task, Talk task, Independent activity and Plenary providing children with the opportunity to explore, talk and develop their mathematical understanding and skills throughout the hour lesson. Maths Meetings are additional sessions in the afternoon to teach and revise general knowledge maths which may not explicitly be covered in the maths lesson, and also allow the daily integration of maths into the surrounding environment. This means that pupils are practising concepts and skills on a regular basis, meaning they are continually building on their mastery of these concepts. Maths Meetings are a positive part of the day that everyone looks forward to where pupils are fully engaged. Singing and chanting forms an integral part of the meeting. These are fun and enjoyable revision sessions that the children look forward to each day.

Our maths Working Walls are key to strengthening mathematical language and knowledge as children are trained to refer to previous learning . Training children to develop their memory is essential for knowledge not to be forgotten. Our working walls provide learners with specific vocabulary, models, methods and visual representations to solve problems.

IMPACT (What is the impact for our learners?)

This approach to teaching mathematics aims to build resilience and confidence, develop conceptual understanding through deeper learning and ultimately give our children the ability to tackle problems in everyday life with confidence. Children are challenged at every level.

At Stapleford Abbotts we aim for our children to believe in themselves as mathematicians with no child being left behind.