Our Approach to Teaching for Maths Mastery
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School is committed to the engaging and purposeful delivery of mathematics across all Key Stages. Our teaching is delivered to ensure our children acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding. We follow the principles of Teaching for Maths Mastery across KS1 and KS2 with elements embedded into EYFS. The Head Teacher and Maths Lead have designed and implemented this approach to tailor it to best fit the needs of our pupils.
Since 2018 we have been a member of the London South Each Plus Maths Hub Teacher Research Group working with other schools across the region to ensure we are at the forefront of research and best practice. Through collaborative research we have developed, embedded and are now sustaining our mastery practice.
Our teaching draws together the "Five Big Ideas" of mastery:
Coherence - planning a sequence of small step lessons gradually unfolding a concept
Representation and Structure - the use of manipulatives, pictorial representations and language
Fluency - rapid recall of known number facts
Variation - drawing attention to critical aspets of a concept using examples and non-examples; careful sequencing of questions to draw attention to key features
Mathematical Thinking - deep reasoning and thinking
In lessons we build in opportunities for "Talk for Maths" which focus on verbal reasoning skills. This gives pupils the opportunities to articulate their reasoning through talk partner work. They are then further challenged to “explain to the class” or “teach your partner”.
During a lesson there will be five steps that are always followed;
Pupil response to previous lesson through a set task. This task is designed to improve (address a misconception), consolidate or challenge
Modelled teaching - through teacher input and partner work children will develop their fluency in a concept or will apply their understanding to a word problem
Independent work with verbal and written reasoning
Greater Depth Challenge
The children will have a range of support through modelled examples, concrete resources, a variety of representations and adult support throughout the lesson where and if necessary.
Calculation Guidance is available on our Policies page setting out formal and information calculation methods and key vocabulary for each year group and Key Stage, showing the progression as the children get older and more skilled in their mathematical thinking.
Having joined the Whole School Approach to Teaching Times Tables Teacher Research Group in 2019/2020 we follow a planned and structured approach to times tables across the school, starting in EYFS
EYFS - Starting with the four prerequisites for multiplication (Unitizing, Bringing together more than one unit, equal and unequal groups, the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication
Year 1 – counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s
Year 2 - multiplication and related facts of 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x, 0x
Year 3 – multiplication and related facts of 4x, 8x, 3x, 6x, 12x
Year 4 –multiplication and related facts of 9x, 7x, 11x
Year 5 – Prime numbers to 100, Square roots to 144
Year 6 – Reasoning and making connections, Real world applications
Our children prepare for the Multiplication Tables Check carried out in the June of Year 4.
Addressing the impact of COVID
Teachers plan their lessons drawing on high quality resources and building on their children's prior learning and current level of understanding.
In September 2020, we adopted the Department for Education guidance for teaching maths at Key Stage 1 and 2 to support progression, post COVID, through the National Curriculum. With the start of the 2021/2022 school year we have modelled our Long Term Plans on the Curriculum Prioritisation framework developed by the National Centre for Excdellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, drawing on the DfE guidance.
Bexley Maths Fluency Resources
Bexley Education Support Services have created some rather nice leaflets to support parents and carers to help their child with fluency in maths at home.
The leaflets cover a short explanation about fluency and NC aims then cover suggestions for maths in an age appropriate book, maths in the world around them and games.