At Wixams Tree Primary, we follow a mastery approach to maths. This means that our lessons are carefully sequenced using small steps to develop children’s understanding. Mastery is about depth of knowledge and moving the whole class forward together. We integrate the ‘Big 5 ideas’ from the NCETM (representation & structure, mathematical thinking, variation, fluency and coherence) into our lesson planning. We follow the long term plans and calculation policies from White Rose but draw on a range of high quality resources when planning lessons. A concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is used across all year groups, with children able to access a range of resources. Songs and stem sentences are also used to embed generalisations and support understanding. In EYFS our children will meet the ‘Number Blocks’ characters to develop their understanding of number.
We aim for our pupils to leave primary school with a deep understanding of maths and the skills to tackle real-life problems.
What does a typical maths lesson look like at Wixams Tree?
- The whole class will be learning together
- Children will recap previous learning through flashback style starters
- Children will regularly discuss questions and ideas with their partner
- Children will use both concrete resources and pictorial representations
- Misconceptions will be addressed
- Stem sentences will be used to make generalisations about concepts
- Different representations will be used such as tens frames, bar models and part-whole models
- There will be both modelled activities and exploration activities
- Children will apply their understanding to solve abstract problems
How will maths look different in September 2021?
Due to the lockdowns and isolation periods in the previous two school years, we understand that our pupils may have gaps in some of their mathematical knowledge. From September 2021, this will mean that:
- Ready-to-progress criteria (from the NCETM & DFE) will be threaded into lessons
- Learning from previous years will be revisited
- Steps may be broken down further
- Some blocks of learning may be extended to ensure knowledge is embedded
- Some children may have additional pre-learning sessions or same day booster sessions
- Challenge tasks will be set for those pupils showing a secure understanding of new concepts
- Core tasks and extension tasks will be available for all pupils
How can I support my child at home?
We understand that maths is an area of the curriculum that is constantly changing and developing. We know that this often makes it tricky to support pupils at home. White Rose Maths provides free guidance for parents on their website and offers a range of materials to support what is taught in school. For further information on the mastery approach, you may also wish to visit the NCETM website.