At St Wilfrid’s School we follow a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. This means that we are aiming to develop a deep, long-term understanding of the subject rather than teaching children to learn procedures by rote. At the heart of a mastery approach is the belief that every child is capable of achieving.
Some key features of the mastery approach to maths teaching are:
- The use of mathematical representations to encourage a secure understanding of concepts.
- Using a variety of representations and using practice exercises that encourage thinking rather than repeating the same procedure over and over with different numbers.
- All children working on the same concept, with children who grasp a concept quickly, deepening their understanding of the concept rather than moving on to something new.
From September 2017 we will be joining the Ark Mathematics Mastery programme, which will start in Reception and Year 1 and then feed up through the school.
Children from Year 2 upwards will have logins for the MyMaths and Times Tables Rockstars online programmes and will access homework and practice games and activities through these sit
es when set by their teacher.