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Padstow School

Mathematics

Mathematics

We focus on the Mastery approach to teaching and learning.

Mastery in Mathematics:

Since mastery is what we want pupils to acquire (or go on acquiring), rather than teachers to demonstrate, we use the phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ to describe the range of elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.

Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.

From: National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics

Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.

From: National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics

The National Curriculum focuses on 3 key areas - Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving - and these are the core building blocks used for teachers to plan with small, clear careful steps to develop children's mathematical understanding.

At Padstow we use the White Rose maths planning resources and follow the WR Calculation Policy.  With their yearly framework and ‘small steps’ progression, their Schemes of Learning are widely used in primary schools throughout the UK.  White Rose also provide support resources such as assessments and problem-solving materials.  White Rose also provide a yearly overview for each year group suggesting the teaching time needed for every block of learning. The Autumn, Spring and Summer sections are split equally into 12 weeks comprising 11 weeks of blocks followed by a week of consolidation.

Cross curricular links are developed whenever possible, especially in Science, and are woven throughout each term’s learning.