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Mathematics Mastery


Mathematics Mastery is an innovative maths teaching framework, supporting schools, students and teachers to be successful at maths.

A deep understanding is achieved through covering fewer topics in greater depth.

Pupils master concepts rather than learning procedures by rote.

There are three key features of the primary programme that deliver pupils with a deep understanding of mathematics.

Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).

Language development:
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. We use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Every lesson includes opportunities for children to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning.

Problem solving:
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.

None of these are rocket science, but the challenge is to ensure they integrate into every lesson and are applied systematically throughout. Transitioning to fewer topics can feel like slowing down, but by adopting to a cumulative approach, pupils continually build on the knowledge they have already mastered, focusing heavily on solving problems to deepen and reinforce their understanding.

The lesson-guides are in 6 parts. This allows for cumulative, scaffolded learning where assessment is crucially feeding in to subsequent segments. Pupils are ‘doing’ straight away and no time is wasted.

For more any more information speak to Miss Ward

PDF iconMathematics Mastery Parents Leaflet

PDF iconParent Powerpoint

PDF iconVocabulary

PDF iconKS1 Number Games to Play

PDF iconReception Class Mastery Programme of Study 2015-2016

PDF iconYr1 Mastery Programme of Study 2015-2016