Here at Elmhurst, we believe that the basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. We are in the beginning stages of implementing a Mastery approach to the teaching of Mathematics. When teaching maths for mastery, the whole class moves through topics at broadly the same pace. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason and solve problems in a range of contexts. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics.
We provide pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures pupils fully understand what they are learning.
Key features of the Maths Mastery curriculum:
- High expectations for every child
- Fewer topics, greater depth
- Number sense and place value come first
- Focus on mathematical thinking and language
- Resources to support
- Problem solving is central
- Calculate with confidence– understand why it works
Children are taught maths every day within their usual classes and work with a mixture of pupils within their classrooms, learning from each other throughout their lessons.
Within the maths curriculum the focus is very much on depth of understanding so it is very unlikely that your child will be moved onto the objectives from the next year group. Instead, pupils are provided with tasks and problems which will provide them with a deeper understanding of the mathematical concept being taught.
Organisation of teaching and learning
Structure of a lesson
1. Starter task (previous day’s learning)
2. New learning
3. Paired talk tasks
4. Develop learning through examples/modelling
5. Independent task
At Elmhurst, teaching follows the National Curriculum and White Rose Hub materials. This involves a daily mathematics lesson, an extra arithmetic session and specific Times Tables sessions.
Teaching and learning can take place in a range of environments and teachers are encouraged to make the most of our amazing outdoor environment.