What is Mastery Maths?
Inspired by teaching approaches developed in Singapore and Shanghai, mastery is an inclusive way of teaching that is grounded in the belief that all pupils can achieve in Maths. A concept is deemed mastered when learners can represent it in multiple ways, can communicate solutions using mathematical language and can independently apply the concept to new problems. Teaching for mastery supports National Curriculum objectives, but spends more time reinforcing number and place value before progressing to more difficult areas of mathematics. As a school, we have decided to develop a mastery approach for children from EYFS to Year 6. To support our development we follow White Rose Maths scheme of work.
White Rose Maths
Within White Rose Maths, children deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts, becoming more confident and competent and ready to face new challenges. It is important that pupils are secure in their knowledge and understanding across all mathematical areas and show resilience in their learning.
Mathematics is taught through three main types of questioning: Varied Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Children explore and unpick mathematical concepts in depth, working through differentiated work but within mixed ability grouping. This means that all pupils, regardless of their mathematical ability, can support one another in understanding concepts.
KS1 - Numbots
Every pupil in KS1 has a Numbots account to use at home and in school.
Numbots helps children to learn and practice three core elements of arithmetic:
- Subitising - the ability instantly recognise the number of objects in a group without the need to count them
- Number bonds - pairs of numbers that add up to a certain number e.g. all the number bonds to 10.
- Adding and Subtracting
NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
KS2 - Times Tables Rock Stars
Every pupil has a TTRockStars account to use at home and in school. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Tournaments take place across school and within year groups so it is important that every child plays regularly. Children can practice in the 'Garage', earn their rock status in the 'Studio' or compete against their peers in the 'Arena'. children can even challenge their peers to a battle in 'Rockslam' or play against children from all around the world in 'Festival' mode!