At Rose Street Primary School we have adopted a Mastery approach to teaching and learning in Mathematics.
We aim that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
- Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
We follow the mastery maths lesson style of CONCRETE-PICTORIAL- ABSTRACT (based on research by Bruner) to ensure children have a true understanding of a concept. Teachers ensure that knowledge, reasoning and problem solving are incorporated in all mathematical concepts
“The essential idea behind “mastery in mathematics” is that all pupils need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be retaught. Key ideas and building blocks are important for everyone and the class work together on the same key point, whilst at the same time pupils are supported or accelerated to gain depth of understanding and proficiency. Acceleration to higher content is avoided. Instead the reasoning behind mathematical processes is emphasised. Teacher/pupil interaction explores in detail how answers were obtained, why the method/strategy worked, and what might be the most efficient method/strategy.” – (NCETM website)
Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and to answer test questions accurately and quickly. Mastery involves knowing why as well as knowing that and knowing how. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.
In Years 1-6 we have developed our curriculum following the White Rose Hub scheme of work to allow teachers and learners to achieve a secure and deep understanding of each Mathematical Concept. It is designed to give us the opportunity to address key points individually, ensure that children have a secure and deep understanding of those points, before offering the opportunity to go deeper within them. In Early Years and where appropriate in Year 1 the principles of the EYFS Framework will be followed, and there will be the opportunity to explore maths and develop their understanding of Mathematical concepts through play.