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Mastery in Maths


The essential idea behind mastery in maths is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learningMastery of maths is not a fixed state but a continuum. At each stage of learning, pupils should acquire and demonstrate sufficient grasp of the mathematics relevant to their year group, so that their learning is sustainable over time and can be built upon in subsequent years. A mastery approach is a set of principles and beliefs that all pupils are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time.  We believe that with good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a growth mindset which gives pupils a 'can do' attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics.


At Fir Tree the class will be working together on the same area of maths, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content.  Teaching is focussed, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time.  Lessons are planned to provide a conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.

Mathematical terms and definitions


The link below takes you to an excellent mathematical glossary where children can look up different vocabulary, whilst having a go at activities to reinforce understanding:

Maths Mats - useful mathematical facts to learn

Changes to the Curriculum