What does maths look like at Grange Primary School?
- - Concrete, Pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach
- - Real life maths
- - Maths mastery
- - Maths No problem textbooks and workbooks
- - TTRS
- - Numbots
What is maths mastery?
Maths mastery is an approach to teaching that gives pupils a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics.
Teaching for mastery differs in many key respects from more traditional methods, perhaps most fundamentally in the idea that everyone can learn.
In a conventional primary maths lesson, children are placed in different groups and given different content based on their perceived ability. From an early age, therefore, children are labelled as those who can do maths and those who can’t.
This can be devastating.
It can also be avoided.
The mastery approach rejects the idea that only some children can do well in maths. It embraces the idea that everyone can do well, regardless of prior attainment.
Teaching maths for mastery offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a single problem builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils.
As George Pólya said,
“It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”
With a mastery approach, the whole class moves through topics at broadly the same pace. Each topic is studied in depth and the teacher doesn’t move to the next stage until all children demonstrate a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
Maths Scheme of Work & Skill Progression