Subject intent Maths

At St Michael’s want children to love maths. As a school, we have adopted a mastery approach in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Underpinning this pedagogy is a belief that all children can achieve in maths. We believe in promoting sustained and deepening understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do. Our approach aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to develop independence, confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ in mathematics in order to be independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world.

Our maths curriculum is centred in having high expectations for every child whilst aiming to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop a secure grounding in number sense giving them the confidence and belief to tackle problems. The teaching of maths is grounded in research and teachers have opportunity to regularly observe one another resulting in self-aware, reflective practice where everyone believes in getting better in order to help children understand concepts more deeply.

Our mastery approach to maths aims to embed a deep and secure understanding of mathematical concepts by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.

We achieve this by providing a rich, diverse curriculum, underpinned by our school’s core values of Respect, Honesty and Love, enabling every member of the school community to have a ‘Lifetime Love for Learning’.