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mathematics-mastery01   A new mastery approach

To do this we have made sure:

  • children have more time to understand—don’t move on until everyone succeeds
  • we use practical resources to help children understand (CPA)
  • we set rich and varied problems to help children deepen understanding (reasoning)
  • we assess their learning constantly and adapt lessons and support daily (assessment)



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Maths at the Park

Developing maths is one of the core purposes of primary education, because it teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.


In reception we encourage Mathematical activity, thinking and discussion through outdoor and indoor role play. Children are taught to form and write numbers accurately and are expected to order them on a number line.

Key Stage 1

Year 1 – By the end of year 1 children should be confident with numbers to 20 and be able to add and subtract using practical apparatus. They should be able to count, read and write numbers to 100 and count in steps of 2, 5 and 10.

Year 2 – Pupils should be able to count, order and recognise numbers to 100. They should be able to use place value and counting with two digit numbers to calculate. They should know all the number bonds to 20 and can use them to create new facts. Children should be able to demonstrate their thinking using concrete apparatus and record using pictures. They should recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times table to solve simple problems.

Lower Key Stage 2

Year 3/4 – Children are secure in working with numbers beyond 1000 for ordering, partitioning, counting, rounding and estimating sums. In year three children still work practically but are encouraged to begin to work in more formal ways, setting out written calculations correctly in their maths books. They are beginning to use informal strategies to calculate which are encouraged in jotters during mental maths. Times tables are taught and tested every week in mental maths and children know all their tables by the end of year 4. Children are given real life problems to solve almost every day which are related to the maths they are learning. This helps children understand the importance of maths in everyday life. They can interpret simple two step real life problems and identify the operation they require to solve them.

Upper Key Stage 2

Year 5/6 – Children are using longer written methods for the 4 operations which should be set out accurately and neatly. They are becoming more confident in using fractions and decimals. They should be able to use the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems. Pupils still have a major focus on real life problems on a daily basis, but are also expected to solve investigations more regularly. They should be able to apply all 4 operations and relate them to measures, shape and handling data to solve more complex two step real life problems. They should be able to use different ways to overcome difficulties and should be able to show their workings using notes, symbols and diagrams.

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