We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum, which will produce individuals who are numerate, creative, curious, reflective, resilient and confident
Here at Rode Heath Primary School we are embracing a Mastery Curriculum approach to our mathematics teaching. This means spending greater time going into depth in particular areas/concepts as opposed to quickly moving through the curriculum and the year group objectives.
We have high expectations that all children will achieve and to do this, we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to explore, pattern find, become fluent, reason and problem solve and that there should be carefully crafted questions and activities and a wide range of manipulatives at hand for each child to accomplish this.
We strive to ensure that the whole class moves through content at the same pace and when we differentiate, it is through depth rather than acceleration; everyone is given time to think deeply about the mathsand we strive to develop a positive attitude in order to build self-confidence, resilience and a sense of achievement.
In EYFS, we ensure that maths is part of their daily diet and give the children a wide range of experiences and opportunities to apply their mathematical skills. In order for the mastery approach to become successful in KS1 and KS2, we have created a bespoke maths lesson structure, incorporating the Maths No Problem scheme.
The way we structure our lessons ensures a more consistent approach to teaching maths; a greater emphasis on the sequence of learning; a better use of open ended investigational type questions and the continued development of mathematical pedagogy.
The mastery approach at RH has also ensured that there is a greater expectation on all children;little chance for passive learning as there is a greater emphasis on talking maths, collaborating, exploring and investigating; the use of equipment is encouraged and there are always planned opportunities for children to make connections between subjects. Children are constantly pushed to the limits of what they are learning.
Rode Heath Maths Mastery Definition
When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it.
Clink on this link for some great ways to start off your child's mathematical learning journey (really useful for reception and year one).
Maths No Problem
In order to further develop our maths mastery curriculum, we have started to use the Maths No Problem scheme right the way through our school from year one to year six. It is a new scheme that follows the Signapore approach to teaching mastery maths. It helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths. There are some new concepts and methods that are very different to what we used before.
We have decided to add some videos below to help you understand the fundamental idea behind the scheme and the methods we use to teach number bonds, subtraction, mental calculations, multiplication, long division and bar modelling (this is used to represent numbers in a problem).
Bar model 1
Bar Model 2