All pupils should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems. (National Curriculum, 2014)
At the centre of the Shibden Head’s mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics is the belief that all pupils have the potential to succeed. Developing a ‘Mathematical Mindset’ in every child enables them to proactively self-regulate and take ownership of their learning through metacognition. They should have access to the same curriculum content and, rather than being extended with new learning, they should deepen their conceptual understanding by tackling varied and challenging problems. Similarly with calculation strategies, pupils must not simply rote learn procedures but demonstrate their understanding of these procedures through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations to ensure fluency and depth of understanding.
The principle of the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach is that for pupils to have a true understanding of a mathematical concept, they need to master all three phases. Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those pupils who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Making connections in mathematics deepens knowledge of concepts and procedures, ensures what is learnt is sustained over time, and cuts down the time required to assimilate and master later concepts and techniques.
At Shibden Head Primary Academy we are committed to a mastery approach to teaching maths. We do not follow a set scheme; instead we utilise the best resources available including NCETM resources, NRICH, White Rose Maths and Power Maths. Please refer to the attached documents below for examples of our long-term plans.
Long Term Plan
Each year group covers a number of National Curriculum objectives in each domain over the course of the school year. Please refer to the DFE’s National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 for an overview of each domain covered in each year group to help give you an idea of how to help support your child at home.
Videos of methods used in school: