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Maths

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Teaching for Mastery at Edenthorpe Hall Primary School

The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that:

  • future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught;
  • there is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind;
  • children who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised.

What does Maths Teaching for Mastery look like?

  • It rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’
  • All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths, they can succeed – growth mindset
  • Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time.
  • All children can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind
  • If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention is provided
  • Lesson design = identifies the new mathematics, they key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through new learning.
  • Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning.
  • Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory

Maths in the Foundation Stage

Mathematics is taught each day in the foundation stage as a direct input session and also during continuous provision. The focus at this stage is to develop early Mathematics, including the development of number, shape and reasoning. There are mathematical opportunities throughout the environment, as well as clearly displayed numbers, shapes, colours and a range of concrete resources available at all times.

For further information regarding our Maths, please click on the links below:

Maths Policy

Calculation Policy 

Calculation Policy Guidance