Westrop Maths Mastery Curriculum
What is a mastery approach to maths?
Westrop Primary School expanded our maths learning journey in 2019 choosing to adopt a mastery approach towards the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Underlying this approach is the belief that all children should work together to become fluent mathematicians who are able to reason and solve a variety of problems by applying what they have learnt in a range of contexts. Conceptual understanding is developed through concrete and visual representations and children are given opportunity to explain their reasoning as part of our daily maths lessons. Children are supported through specific same day interventions and are challenged by being exposed to a variety of rich and sophisticated problems. We encourage students to have a positive mindset and advocate that all children can succeed in mathematics whilst motivating children to challenge themselves daily across all curriculum areas. The result is more fluent mathematicians with a deeper understanding of concepts and their inter-relationships and a group of children that have a firm foundation to build on and a more confident outlook towards the subject.
How is Maths Taught at Westrop?
Fluency Skills – To develop children’s fluency, short counting sessions take place at regular intervals.
Children practise counting forwards and backwards and in steps of different sizes, including fractions and decimals in later years.
Discrete Maths Lessons – Most of the number aspects of the curriculum are taught through discrete maths lessons. We are working towards a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. This means that we focus on topics, such as place value or addition, for a longer period to enable pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the mathematical concepts. Children are given opportunities to develop fluency, reason mathematically and solve problems. Steps to achieving a mastery approach are broken down into four stages – Do it, Secure it, Deepen it and Bank it. Child aspire to cement their understanding in order to apply their knowledge to each challenge.
Cross-Curricular Maths – Many aspects of the curriculum, especially measurement, geometry and statistics are taught through a cross-curricular approach. There are particularly strong links with Computing, Science, Geography and Art.
Models and Images – To support children’s conceptual understanding, we use a range of models and images, including numicon, straws, bead strings, place value counters, number lines, fraction boxes and Dienes’ apparatus.
Speaking and Listening – Children are given frequent opportunities to discuss their mathematical thinking and articulate their reasoning.
How to Help Your Child at Home
All children have access to Doodle Maths so they can practice key skills across the curriculum.
Westrop also subscribe to Times Table Rockstars which allows children to embed their times table knowledge ready for statutory tests in KS2.
Other school subscriptions, Purple Mash and Education City, also have a vast array of useful maths tools that will aid your child in their learning at home.
Home is an ideal place for children to apply the maths they have learnt in school to real-life situations and demonstrates the transferability of skills learnt. This may involve measuring quantities for baking; counting place settings when setting the table; sharing sweets out equally; working out change from the weekly shop or recognising patterns around us.
In order to obtain additional details of the curriculum, please see the programme of study linked above.