At St Chad’s CE (C) Primary School, we believe in a mastery approach to learning. Mastery maths for us means we adopt the principles which ensure that all teachers believe all pupils can learn and enjoy mathematics. We aim to ensure that Mathematical learning behaviours are developed such that pupils focus and engage fully as learners who reason and seek to make connections.
We as teachers continually develop our specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, working collaboratively to refine and improve our teaching. Our curriculum is designed to ensure a coherent and detailed sequence of essential content which supports sustained progression over time.
Our aim for all pupils is to develop a real passion for maths, to ensure children have automaticity of number and that they can apply their mathematical skills across subjects and in real life situations. We want children to develop key mathematical skills and see themselves as mathematicians who can apply maths to the wider curriculum. We believe in a language rich environment that ensures our pupils have the confidence to talk maths, do maths and apply maths to their everyday lives.
Due to the importance of maths in everyday life, we have invested heavily in, and committed to high quality CPD for our staff. In 2019, our maths lead undertook the Mastery Readiness program to fully prepare for the changes that needed to be made. We then enrolled on the NCETM Mastery Maths program where for 2 years we received high quality CPD from our Maths Hub lead. We are currently part of the Sustaining Mastery group whereby we support other schools and share best practice. Maths in St Chad’s has transformed over the last 4 years. Our staff are confident and feel empowered to deliver the maths curriculum and have the resources and support they need to achieve this.
The EYFS follow the NCETM Mastering Number curriculum for maths and supplement this with White Rose planning for shape. Both schemes have high expectations of all pupils and are a whole class approach to learning. Once pupils leave the EYFS, they are confident in numbers within and up to at least 10 and can recall all related facts. The EYFS continuous provision also provides wider opportunities to access maths in the everyday play.
Our maths curriculum from Y1-6 follows White Rose which supports our whole school mastery approach. It is designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help children develop confidence in maths.
Teaching sequences are based on small steps to ensure a good level of coherence, understanding, application of understanding and transference of skills to a range of mathematic problems and contexts.
White Rose maps out a long-term plan based on 12 weeks in a term. At St Chad’s, we have tailored this scheme to suit our pupil’s needs by mapping out the actual weeks in a term and adding in extra units where needed including additional problem solving and extra units for consolidation or revisiting skills taught earlier on in the term. WRM gives us the flexibility to spend longer on key skills to ensure they are fully embedded before moving on to new learning.
We have seen yearly improvement in our greater depth results and our pupils are now increasingly stretched and challenged with the implementation of a mastery way of learning.
When observing maths in our school you will see a staff who are enthusiastic, engaging and confident maths teachers who empower their pupils to be the best versions of themselves. When you observe our pupils, you will hear them talking enthusiastically about their maths and speak about how they love the subject. You will hear them celebrating their mistakes and learning from each one they make. You will see a growth mind-set where they are not afraid to jump into the learning pit and struggle to get out – as they know that this is how they learn and make new neurological pathways. You will see a class enthused, engaged, challenged and on task. You will see independence and pupils supporting their peers and explaining tasks to one another. You will see a team, togetherness, and pupils who are loving learning, ready to use and apply their maths in their everyday lives.