The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Byron Court Primary School, we follow a Mastery approach using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of work. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures.
Key Features to Impact the Learning of Maths
Whole Class Moves Through Content at the Same Pace
The whole class moves through topics at broadly the same pace. Each topic is studied in depth and the teacher does not move to the next stage until all children demonstrate that they have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
Students are given time to think deeply about the maths and understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules or procedures. This slower pace leads to greater progress because it ensures that students are secure in their understanding and teachers don’t need to revisit topics once they’ve been covered in depth. Pupils are encouraged to use a range of methods and decide which is most efficient.
Use of Concrete Apparatus
There is emphasis on the use of concrete apparatus (base ten cubes, tens frames, counters and a variety of objects to count), along with the pictorial and abstract. This allows pupils to visualise to gain a greater conceptual understanding.
Opportunities for Quality Talk
Knowing something in mathematics is only the start, children will be expected to develop a depth of understanding through using higher order skills of explaining, reasoning, justifying and conjecturing. Due to the emphasis on problem-solving, children are required to work collaboratively and share ideas, using more mathematical language on a daily basis.
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