At Pilsley CofE Primary School, we teach mathematics through a mastery approach.
Helen Field, our Maths Lead, has been working with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) for a number of years and has become an accredited Maths Lead Teacher.
At Pilsley CofE Primary School, we use Maths No Problem mastery textbooks and workbooks, alongside other mastery materials.
These support us in our understanding that:
- All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at mathematics they can succeed.
- Through whole-class interactive teaching, all the pupils have the opportunity to master concepts before moving onto the next part of the curriculum.
- If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention can be put in place so the pupil is able to move forward with the whole class. Early intervention comes through the support of teaching assistants working alongside the class teacher; small group work after the session or pre-teaching the key skills to a small group or individual children before the lesson.
- Lessons are designed so that as the key points of the new mathematics are taught, the difficult points and misconceptions are anticipated and addressed. The teacher models, demonstrates, sets tasks, and facilitates the exploration of the mathematics by the pupils. The pupils explore key concepts independently while continuously discussing their thoughts and understanding with their peers.
- The tasks set are based on intelligent practice and carefully build on skills previously taught.
- Significant time is spent exploring, proving and developing deep knowledge of the key ideas needed to underpin future learning.
- The structure and connections within mathematics are emphasised, so that the pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
- Key facts, such as multiplication tables and addition facts within ten are learnt and continuously practised to ensure a fluency that supports learning of new concepts.
Our key, underlying principle is that Maths Teaching for Mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’, and we support pupils in the belief that they can achieve.