At Gallions, we want every child to develop a confidence in and experience of success and joy in learning mathematics. Since September 2017, we have been teaching for mastery, meaning that our children understand mathematical concepts with depth and fluency. Central to the mastery approach is developing this conceptual understanding using concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) methods.
We strive to ensure that our pupils leave primary school with a sound foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics and the ability to reason, problem solve and follow lines of enquiry. Central to this lays a sense of pleasure and curiosity about the subject we hope to foster throughout our whole school community.
We supplement our curriculum using a programme called Maths No Problem. These are high quality textbooks and practice workbooks that support our teachers to plan and deliver lessons and provide opportunities for our pupils to intelligently practise and refine their mathematical skills.
What does it mean to master mathematics?
A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a pupil can:
- represent it in multiple ways,
- has the mathematical language to communicate related ideas
- can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations
Mastery is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, pupils should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.
This is not about just being able to memorise key facts and procedures, which tends to lead to superficial understanding that can easily be forgotten. Pupils should be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios.