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Mastery at Townfield Primary School!
At Townfield Primary, we follow a Maths Mastery Approach using Maths No Problem. In every KS1 and KS2 classroom, the children are using textbooks and workbooks, which have been written to support teachers in all aspects of their planning whilst delivering Singapore Maths methods effectively. These ‘Maths No Problem’ resources are being fully supported by the Department for Education because ‘mastery’, the ability to understand fully a concept and being able to apply it within different situations, is part of the requirements of the new curriculum. The Maths No Problem primary school series has been created specifically for children living in the UK and is fully aligned to the 2014 curriculum. It provides all the elements that teachers need to teach Maths mastery with confidence.
At present, Foundation 2, as part of a cluster of schools, are also trialling a mastery approach – one in which the learning for each week is focused on a particular number, exploring that number in all its possible contexts, thereby making links between different areas of maths.
How do we teach maths?
We teach Maths using the Maths No Problem scheme, an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding are at the heart of the scheme. It uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between topics.
Lessons typically are broken into four parts:
Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
New Learning – the teacher introduces and explains the new learning for the lesson.
Guided Practice – children reinforce new learning in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
Independent Practice –. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their depth of learning.
A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model
Find out more from the Maths No Problem website