Mathematics Mastery at St Matthew’s
At St Matthew’s we aim to foster a love of learning for Maths. Through our high-quality education in Mathematics our children will have a strong foundation for understanding the world of Mathematics.
We want every child to:
- enjoy and succeed in Maths
- be able to confidently solve problems
- explain their reasoning.
We firmly believe that:
- teaching Maths is essential to everyday life
- success in mathematics is possible for every child, whatever his/her background or prior attainment.
- mistakes are an opportunity to develop.
- mathematical ability is not innate, and is increased through effort. Effort means being resilient and not giving up easily.
- every child can achieve a strong foundation in mathematics, with no child left behind.
We teach Maths through the programme called Mathematics Mastery. The mathematics mastery approach brings all different approaches and techniques together in a rigorous and systematic structure. It places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics.
Our Mathematics Mastery Curriculum’s principles / key features are:
- fewer topics but greater depth
- developing an understanding about numbers and its place value through the use of objects and pictures before abstract numbers and letters (see sheet about concrete, pictorial and abstract approach)
- that Problem solving is central
- embedded Learning
- a slower and richer pace
- a focus on reasoning
In Mathematics Mastery, assessment is continuous. From the beginning of every lesson, teachers and teaching assistants will be assessing what their pupils are, or are not understanding and use this to scaffold each segment of the lesson. Interventions will be both planned for and “live”, meaning that misconceptions are dealt with immediately and high attaining pupils are challenged appropriately.
Transitions during lessons are managed with children singing, chanting and reciting number facts so that mathematical fluency is further embedded, fun to learn and means no time is wasted during lessons.
All our pupils enjoy a daily Maths Meeting of 10-15 minutes. This is a short, fun and pacey mental-oral session, in which the children sing and answer questions to develop their mathematical fluency. They learn through activities that pre-teach mathematical concepts as well as embedding newly learnt skills, and practising ones that require quick fire responses.
Our Maths lessons are fun and engaging. The learning is presented in real-life contexts as much as possible. Children learn best in Maths when using concrete objects and pictures in order to support their understanding of abstract ideas therefore, we encourage the use of a wide range of resources in Maths lessons, including for example Numicon, part-part whole model, ten frame, number beads and counters.
Our pupils frequently work in pairs and groups to solve problems as we also know that talking about Maths helps children to develop their understanding.
In addition to their regular Maths lessons, we also seek to promote cross-curricular opportunities for Maths learning wherever possible, for example in Science, D.T., Geography and P.E. Pupils also frequently learn Maths outdoors, enabling them to apply their mathematical skills to the real world.