We embrace the Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. The academy is part of the NCETM Mastering Number Programme for Reception and KS1, focusing on daily short number sense activities to lay firm foundations in mathematics. Mastering Number is also used as an intervention in KS2, adapted to pupil needs. KS2 Teachers ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day following the 4Ops programme. We also use cross curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency.
Our pupils understand the importance of mathematics, are encouraged to be confident in numeracy and to apply the skills that they learn to simple problem-solving. Mathematical talk is essential to conceptual understanding and teachers promote rich pupil-to-pupil discussion as well as between teacher and pupils.
In each lesson there is a short and simple mental maths session. We build on skills and understanding in a progressive way and continue to develop place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts as a discrete focus. The activities cover a wide range of mathematical knowledge, many with an emphasis on practical work. To consolidate learning over time, our pupils also complete White Rose Flashback4 questions each day.
There are extra activities throughout the year to promote mathematical skills and thinking, including participation in NSPCC Number Day and National Numeracy Day.