At Elworth CE Primary School, we have adopted a mastery approach to the teaching of maths whereby children are given a deeper and broader understanding of the key mathematical concepts rather than being accelerated quickly through new content. To aid this transition, we will follow the medium term mathematics plans written by White Rose Maths. The subject leader has trained as a Maths Mastery Specialist with the NCETM and is gradually disseminating this information to all staff through staff meetings and supporting in maths clinics and through modelling lessons.



What you will typically see:

  • The large majority of our pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.

  • Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts in tandem.

  • Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge, and assess pupils regularly to identify those requiring intervention so that all pupils keep up.

  • Teachers will use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach (CPA) to ensure that procedural and conceptual understanding are developed simultaneously.

  • Emphasis placed on ‘learning’ through reasoning, developing multiple strategies and concepts towards understanding.

  • Challenge for pupils grasping concepts quickly is provided through depth and breadth of experience

  • Daily opportunities to reason and problem solve.