We are now in full swing with the delivery of the new 2014 National Curriculum across the whole school. This year saw the first assessments of the New Mathematics Curriculum and we would like to say well done to all the children in Year 2 and Year 6 who worked hard to achieve the best results they could in their SATS.
The Teaching of Maths at Millfields
We have recently changed the focus of our maths teaching towards a ‘Maths Mastery Approach’. Each class is using a new planning proforma which structures the teaching of mathematics in comprehensive blocks of learning, ensuring that the children consolidate their understanding of certain concepts before moving on to the next. We will still use many of the resources which the children are familiar with, but will also be ensuring that the children become more familiar in the application of their mathematical skills to reasoning and problem solving activities. The children will attend regular ‘Maths Meetings’ which are held in addition to the maths lesson. These meetings cover a range of mathematical skills and language and develop an understanding of maths in the wider world.
What is Maths Mastery?
Mastery of maths means a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Developing mastery consists of three main elements:
- fluency (rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts)
- a growing confidence to reason mathematically
- the ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses
Mastery of maths, which should build gradually as a child goes through school, is a tool for life, and immeasurably more valuable than the short term ability to answer questions in tests or exam. Some of the implications of adopting mastery approaches to teaching maths are new. One of these is the move away from labelling pupils as ‘high ability’ or ‘low ability’ and always giving them different tasks. Another is the approach, especially in the early primary years, of reducing the amount of mathematical topics handled in class, but taking longer over each one, so that early understanding is cemented more sustainably.
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