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Maths- Teaching Maths For Mastery 2021- 2022 


Our Aim:

We aim to provide a high-quality maths education that develops a natural enjoyment and curiosity- teaching children the essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next steps in their life.

 The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:


·        Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately

·        Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

·        Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Therefore, at Great Doddington Primary School we want all children to secure the basic mathematical skills and concepts to prepare them for their future mathematic journey of reasoning and problem solving. We encourage the acquisition of oracy skills through the development of mathematical vocabulary and stem sentences.  We aim for children to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical thinking and competence in solving problems. We aim for all children to succeed in maths. Maths lessons across the school follow a coherent structure, all classes from Reception to Year 6 use a range or manipulatives this help children connect ideas and integrate their knowledge so that they gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. The familiarity of the lesson structure and the use of manipulatives supports the development of healthy mind by reducing the cognitive load on children by ensuring instructional methods do not overload the working memory thus ensuring task directly contribute to new learning Sweller,1998.


We use the National Curriculum alongside the White Rose Scheme of work to ensure all key skills and concepts are covered. This allows us as a school to ensure our teaching is progressive and builds upon previous learning.  Although clear end points are identified for children’s age-related expectations, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of children’s’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly will have the opportunity to deepen their learning through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, through additional practice, before moving on.


At Great Doddington Primary School, teachers from Reception to Year 6 use White Rose resources and the schemes of learning to plan effectively, producing lessons incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving. 



Mastery In Maths September 2020


At Great Doddington Primary School, we view maths as essential to everyday life.  A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject, linking with our school values, particularly “enjoyment, achievement and teamwork”.


We have identified as a school that our pupils need to be taught the skills to help them reason better within maths and across the curriculum.  All children will have the necessary skills to attempt more complex maths tasks.  Therefore, in September 2019, we have been part of the Enigma Maths Hub.  This is an organisation run by NCETM which focuses on 'maths mastery'. 

From September 2020, our curriculum will be based around the approach used in Powermaths; a scheme of work designed by Pearson.  This will enable pupils to be taught a deep, secure and consistent understanding of many mathematical concepts. We will use the online textbook and supplement with other resources to suit the needs of our pupils.


Return to school - All staff are aware of the ready to progress criteria.  We are using these criteria alongside the teaching of Powermaths to identify gaps in pupil's learning and adapt our teaching accordingly.


GDPS Maths Overview Statement

GDPS Maths Policy (updated September 2020)

Whole School Approach to Teaching Times Tables

Times Table Information Leaflet to Parents/Carers