Statement of Intent
At Clifton Hampden CE Primary, we have adopted a mastery approach in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Underpinning this pedagogy is a belief that all children can achieve in maths. We believe in promoting sustained and deep understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do. Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to develop independence, confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ in mathematics in order to be independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Clifton Hampden CE Primary School, we follow the White Rose scheme of learning and progression of skills to support learning from Early Years to Year 6. We work closely with our local Maths Hub to ensure our teachers are skilled, confident and able to provide high quality maths teaching.
Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than many failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future.
Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:
- High expectations for every child
- Fewer topics, greater depth
- Number sense and place value come first
- Research -based curriculum
- Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
- Problem solving is central
- Calculate with confidence– 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.
How you can help at home
There are lots of ways to help to build your child's confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it's an easy way to support their learning.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
- Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
- Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
- Ask younger children to count all the coins in your purse or wallet.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
- Look at house numbers and talk about odd and even.
- Ask older children to work out the best special offer.
- Look at clocks and tell the time. Talk about timings for cooking.
- Learn how to recall times tables quickly.
- Practice number recognition, numbers bonds to 10, 20 and 100
- Practice times tables including their related division facts e.g. 2 x 3 = 6 6 ÷ 2 = 3