At St Adrian’s we teach mathematics through a maths mastery approach. We strive to develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths for all pupils. By teaching children to master maths, they become mathematically fluent and are able to solve non-routine problems without having to memorise procedures.
Teachers identify the key learning for each class and plan to secure these. Learning sequences are developmental and, depending on the concept, a good proportion of time will be spent securing key learning. Teachers use their judgement about when it is the right time to move on. This approach enables the large majority of pupils to progress through the curriculum content at broadly the same pace.
Our school Mathematics curriculum Map
We use Maths — No Problem! textbooks and workbooks, which have been written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English national curriculum. The MNP Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery.
What a visitor might typically see in maths learning in our school
Whole group direct teaching with clear and progressive modelling of concepts and procedures with sequences of varied examples
The consistent use of core manipulatives and representations to support pupils’ ability to access learning and to deepen children’s understanding
Emphasis placed on ‘learning’ through reasoning, developing multiple strategies and concepts towards understanding
Rehearsal of core facts and strategies through the development of frequent ‘intelligent rehearsal
Rich mathematical talk is given high status and supported by the learning environment and teachers’ questioning
Daily opportunities to reason and problem solve through through carefully planned focus tasks
Differentiated learning offered through split class structure and adjustments to allow access to and challenge within whole group learning.
Challenge for pupils grasping concepts quickly is provided through depth and breadth of experience
Pupils ‘grappling’ with learning mathematical concepts
How we support children to catch up and how we challenge advanced learners
Teachers work with a focus group each day supporting pupils having difficulty to catch up or deepening understanding for those pupils who have grasped the concept quickly.
During this focus time, teachers are constantly assessing next steps and diagnosing misconceptions ready for future planning and teaching.
These groups are flexible and based upon pupils’ understanding of the current learning as teachers understand that pupils grasp areas of maths at different rates.
TAs are well trained and as a result of their increased subject knowledge are able to support groups effectively in addition to our qualified support teachers
The school invests in early intervention for mathematics. They are short-term and sharply focused upon specific needs. Leaders will regularly assesses the impact of these.
Staff understand that stretch and challenge are achieved through increasing opportunities for pupils to work deeply and broadly within each area of mathematics.
How the school has developed its systems for tracking attainment and progress in mathematics
The school is focused on formative assessment first and foremost and uses HfL assessment criteria to judge how well individuals and groups of individuals are securing learning and to identify gaps and barriers. AM7 is used for tracking attainment and progress using the HfL steps and phases approach. This allows the swift identification of groups of pupils in danger of not meeting age-related expectations or for whom progress has slowed.