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The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) goes on to state that:
“Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas…to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.”
“The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.”
“Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.”
With this in mind, our aim is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.
What Gorsemoor is doing to move towards a Mastery approach?
During the Autumn term, Children in Years 1, 2 3 and 4 will be using Singapore style maths (Maths No Problem), which means that they will be taught in classes rather than sets. Teachers will focus on the objectives given in the National Curriculum, that link to our Learning Ladders assessments, and follow the concrete ~ pictorial ~ abstract philosophy that underpins the Singapore style maths teaching. From this, teaching will develop a deep understanding of a concept rather than a technique to get the right answer.
These strategies include
Curriculum design – longer units of work.
Lesson design – Carefully structured lesson to develop the detail and depth.
Pupil Support – Same day catch up.
Teaching Resources – Carefully chosen examples and activities. Effective use of representations. Variation.
Teaching methods – Keeping the class together and aiming for depth.
Productivity and practice – Intelligent practice.
Proposed benefits to Maths at Gorsemoor.
Currently our school is in a transitional period where Mastery and Mastery with greater depth have become our main teaching focus. Mathematics Mastery is based on a simple way to teach mathematics originally developed by the Singapore Ministry for Education.
The Mathematics Mastery model is distinctive in two ways.
First, it aims to give pupils a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts, rather than a set of techniques or routines to get to the right answer. Mathematics Mastery shows that problems can be solved in a variety of ways, and ensures that pupils learn in sequence – first by manipulating real objects (concrete), then by drawing pictorial representations, and ultimately by using mathematical symbols (abstract). This means that children will use objects and pictures before numbers and symbols so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
Second, Mathematics Mastery uses a 'mastery' approach, in which teachers do not move on until all pupils have acquired a basic understanding of the current topic. Additionally, the method is designed so that more able pupils can explore each topic in depth, and therefore remain engaged.
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Times tables booklet
National curriculum guides
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