Our ambition at St Mary’s is that all pupils become confident and fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, have the ability to reason mathematically and gain a deep conceptual understanding. We use a mastery approach in which all children are expected to work on the same lesson content at the same time, rather than expectations being set before a lesson.
Children who need more support are identified and given same day intervention that provides alternative explanations and approaches. Through high expectations and an inclusive approach to teaching mathematics we provide the learning experiences that ensure all children know that by working hard they can achieve.
We use Inspire Maths, a text book based programme, aimed to deepen understanding rather than accelerate teaching with no limits to learning. One of only two schemes of work approved by the DfE and NCETM, Inspire is a sustained and consistent scheme with a carefully designed spiral progression and an emphasis on a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
St Mary’s is also part of the NCETM ‘Teaching for Mastery’ programme and through our in school mastery specialist teacher we lead a maths hub workgroup of other schools in North East London. These workgroups meet regularly, prepare and share good practice, reflect on strategies of Teaching for Mastery and conduct model lessons to raise standards across the country.