How We Teach Mathematics

St. Andrew’s provides a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach to mathematics, from Reception through to Year Six.

Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

Pupils in Reception follow Development Matters (click here to view the Development Matters document) and use the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and White Rose Maths schemes to guide curriculum provision, with the aim of every child meeting the Early Learning Goals for Mathematics.

For children in Years 1 to 6, St Andrew’s follows the National Curriculum, which is organised into end-of-year expectations. Each child is encouraged to develop, secure and master each criterion for their own year group. The curriculum is structured into small, progressive steps and guided by the White Rose Maths scheme and mastery principles.

On the links below you will find the ‘Calculation Policies’ followed at St. Andrew’s; this is the progression path that the children will follow in school to learn how to calculate fluently and efficiently. This includes a variety of carefully-chosen concrete, pictorial and abstract methods and representations of number to secure deep understanding and foster links and connections. We encourage parents’ involvement in their children’s progress with fluency of fact recall and calculation through regular targets in their ‘Star Maths’ booklets, and in additional maths homework tasks across Key Stage Two designed to consolidate and embed the learning carried out in class.

Attached PDFs

Years 1-6 Overview of Addition and Subtraction

Years 1-6 Overview of Multiplication and Division

We understand that parents can sometimes feel like maths teaching has changed and that it can be difficult to know how to approach some of the mathematics you are supporting your child with. The Maths with Michael’ short video series illustrates our current approach to teaching number in school really well for parents and carers.

The White Rose Home Learning site also provides free access to teaching videos for every step of your child’s year group curriculum, demonstrating exactly how your child will be taught.