We use a 'maths mastery' approach to teaching maths, with the aim that all children will gain a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts taught. This deeper learning means that over time, the skills will become automatic, allowing the children to apply their knowledge in a range of contexts.
A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend a longer period working on mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. A series of lessons are planned to cover a unit of work, with small steps building upon each other to deepen the learning and allow the children to practise their skills so that they become automatic. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills, rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content. Daily maths meetings, held in each year group, give the children chance to keep their learning fresh, using skills that they have already been taught previously such as counting and number bonds.
Problem solving is central to the approach and opportunities are given for pupils to calculate with confidence, ensuring an understanding of the methods used. Children are given regular opportunities to reason about maths, explaining their thoughts and making links between taught concepts.
The guide below contains further information about this approach.