At Stillness we are developing a mastery approach to how we teach maths. This includes a belief that all children are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. We will keep the class/ year group working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all children to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content.
Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.
We are working towards ensuring that our children:
- use mathematical concepts, facts and procedures appropriately, flexibly and fluently;
- can recall key number facts with speed and accuracy and use them to calculate and work out unknown facts;
- have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding to reason and explain mathematical concepts and procedures and use them to solve a variety of problems.
Our teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time.
More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning.
Carefully crafted topic related lesson design, provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.
We want our children to achieving mastery of particular topics and areas of mathematics.
White Rose Maths has been used to support our vision, the DfE endorsed Power Maths books along with the DfE’s own guidance produced in July 2020 with the resources that help to see the connections. Bold Beginnings has also helped shape our EYFS offering – our introduction of Maths Games for example across YR and Y1 along and with an investment in strong Maths reading books stemmed from that report.
The resources at our disposal will strengthen our teacher’s subject knowledge to in turn provide our children with the strong foundation for their Maths learning which is what is key. The concrete resources we utilise across the school help to build the continuity that is key to a while school approach to learning.
Here at Stillness Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations. Through our teaching, targeted questioning and opportunities to show what the children know, they are getting the opportunity to achieve Mastery.