We use a mastery approach to the teaching of Maths at Chapel St Leonards Primary School.
We follow the National Curriculum for Maths and believe fully in that "The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. 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." (Mathematics programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 National curriculum in England 2013)
Mastering maths using a 'mastery approach' means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.
We use the 5 Big Ideas (NCETM) to support our teaching of Maths.
At Chapel St Leonards Primary School we use Power Maths (Pearson) to support our mastery approach to teaching maths. We treat Maths teaching and learning as an adventure for children (and adults) to be immersed in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer. We encourage talk and trial and error as key ways in which children learn. We use Power Maths as a whole-class mastery programme to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths.
Power Maths is:
- A world-class and unique mastery teaching model created by leading educational experts from the UK and China.
- An exciting growth mindset and problem solving approach helps spark a curiosity and excitement for maths and equips children with deeper understanding
- An enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and on-going professional development
- Developed alongside a group of teachers to ensure Power Maths meets all the needs of children in the UK.
Maths Long Term Plans