At James Cambell Primary, our aim is to develop lifelong mathematicians who are curious and creative. With a firm foundation of mathematical fluency, we want pupils to recognise the importance of having a deep understanding which is achieved by investigating and exploring mathematical concepts. Fostering a growth mathematical mind-set is key to this as pupils become resilient and resourceful in their mathematical journey.
Teaching maths for mastery involves whole-class interactive teaching — all pupils work together and progress at the same rate. Only once children have a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts they are taught will they move on to more advanced lessons. It focuses on helping students acquire a deep and long-term understanding of maths they can use in different real-life situations.
Lessons taught using the Maths Mastery approach should involve discussions, questioning, a variety of fun maths activities and demonstrations of concepts. Perhaps most importantly, they should be enjoyable as well as informative. Making maths lessons fun can improve learning retention and help children develop long-term knowledge and abilities.
At James Cambell Primary, we are building a culture of deeper understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, we strive to ensure pupils achieve excellence through a mastery approach to teaching. We do this by using the White Rose maths scheme in Years 5 and 6, and Power Maths in Reception to Year 4.
We follow the National Curriculum, use the Calculation Policy and Primary Schemes of Learning from the White Rose Maths organisation.
Children have the opportunities to take part in class, school and national competitions. We attend events for the more able mathematicians.
Children have access to My Maths, Times Table Rockstars, Numbots and School Jam to support learning at home and the consolidation of skills.