Statement of intent:
At St. Margaret’s we embrace the mastery approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics where children are taught to become competent and independent mathematicians. Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We build on skills and understanding in a step by step and progressive way and continue to develop children’s understanding of place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts throughout the year.
We are confident our Maths curriculum allows for greater opportunity to deepen pupils understanding around concepts and aspects of mathematics. Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
It is our intention to ensure that all children are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because we recognise that each supports the development of the other. Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking. Children are encouraged to spot patterns, make connections and use mathematical language to justify their views. We will provide the children with the necessary resources to allow all children to access the curriculum and encourage them to use this where appropriate to explain their thinking and reasoning.
We have a Mastery Specialist on our staff who works with the Archimedes Maths Hub and ensures we are always up to date with current practice, continually adapting new approaches to fit our school context.