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At Netherfield, children have a daily Maths lesson. We follow a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.  We believe all our children should be given the opportunity to acquire a deepened understanding of the subject. 

Within Maths, we break the subject down into different areas and teach similar concepts together. For example, rounding to the nearest 10 and ordering numbers might be taught close together under the umbrella term of Place Value.

We follow an I/We/You approach when teaching new mathematical concepts.

I – The ‘expert’ teacher models the new concept, working ‘out loud’ so the children can hear the thought process

We – The teacher guides the children through practice questions related to the new concept, continually checking for understanding

You – The children embark on independent practice while the teacher provides instant feedback

Once children are secure in the new concept, the teacher develops the new learning further by introducing problem-solving and reasoning elements to deepen the children’s understanding.

Please see below for how the knowledge and skills we expect the children to know progresses as they move through the school.

In order to further support our children in developing mastery, we use a CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract). Research shows that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by following the CPA approach. This features throughout our schemes of learning.


To support this approach, we use White Rose Maths to ensure that children have access to questions and problem solving challenges that allow them to develop the maths skills and knowledge that we want them to develop. 

White Rose Maths' research-based schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and are consistent with the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. Their schemes have number at their heart. A significant amount of time is spent reinforcing number in order to build competency and ensure children can confidently access the rest of the curriculum. The easy-to-follow schemes support our teachers to stay within the required key stage so that children acquire depth of
knowledge in each topic. Opportunities to revisit previously learned skills are built into later blocks.

Children can progress through the schemes as a whole group, encouraging students of all abilities to support each other in their learning. Our schemes develop all three key areas of the National Curriculum, giving children the knowledge and skills they need to become confident mathematicians.

For more information, please visit White Rose Maths by clicking on the picture below. 

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