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How We Teach Maths

The Principles of Teaching for Mastery


  • At Pilsley, we teach through a 'Mastery' approach, supported by Maths No Problem.  Trained by the Maths Hub, through the NCTEM, Mrs Field is a Primary Mastery Specialist.
  • We believe that, by taking small steps through a lesson, every child can achieve in mathematics.
  • We use the Maths No Problem scheme, and our lessons are designed to have a high-level of teacher-student and student-student interaction where all students in the class are thinking about, working on and discussing the same mathematical content. 
  • We support children through additional interventions before, during and after the lessons, and offer challenges to those who are rapidly grasping the concept. 
  • Practice is a vital part of learning and leads to fluency, and this includes explaining variations on a maths concept.
  • The children spend time talking key maths concepts,  explaining and proving their understanding
  • Key facts such as number facts are learnt and practiced regularly. This helps students to focus on new ideas and concepts.

Calculation Policy


Click here for examples of how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions across the school.


Stages of written methods for addition and subtraction


Click here to see the stages that lead to column addition and subtraction

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