Schools today face a range of barriers to success. All of which make building and embedding an effective approach to maths teaching more important – and more challenging – than ever. That’s why, at St. Edward’s, we have adopted the Mastery in Mathematics approach to our teaching.
Mastery of mathematics is something that we want all pupils to acquire, or rather to continue acquiring throughout their school lives, and beyond. Understanding of teaching for mastery is well advanced in a large number of primary schools.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics website has some helpful video links and information showing how ‘Mastery’ might look in
lessons at Saint Edward’s. The NCETM website also gives the ideas behind whole-class teaching and structure of a ‘Mastery’ lesson in Maths.
Maths Surgery runs on a Friday lunchtime. Key Stage 2 pupils are invited to sign up during the week. They can bring a maths problem that they have met in class, they can come for help with something that they have found tricky or they can come and play some games involving mathematics and strategy. The club is well attended and popular. Some of our older Year 6 pupils help support the younger children in Years 3, 4 and 5. We always have lots of fun and it’s a great way to get some extra help and work with some different children.