At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School we teach mathematics using the 5 Big Ideas of Mastery: fluency, mathematical thinking, variation, representation and structure and coherence.
Mathematics is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this.
Mathematics is a core subject and a vital life skill in modern society and as such is regarded of great importance.
At St Peter’s we use White Rose Maths as the basis of our teaching. This is extended through the use of some text books and other sources. We use Small Steps teaching to build on previous years’ of learning. This is blocked approach to teaching for children to gain a deeper understanding and giving more time to each area of mathematics. We use a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach where children are able to use manipulatives and concrete materials before showing understanding using pictorial representations and then moving on to abstract concepts such as calculation.
A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
Resources are used to support and enhance lessons and ensure staff feel confident and skilled to deliver the curriculum. The impact of Mastery Teaching is children will have quick recall of facts and procedures with the flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics. Children will link and make connections from their mathematics learning to other areas of the curriculum.