At Chilton Academy we are all Mathematicians
Mastery in Maths
At Chilton Academy, we believe Mathematics is not only an essential part of a balanced curriculum, but also a fundamental part of daily life. We believe that all learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, have the chance to build their understanding through reasoning mathematically and learn to apply this understanding in problem solving situations. We are encouraging our children to develop a growth mindset, where mistakes are valued as an essential part of learning, so that children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Mastery is an ethos and an approach that leads to true understanding. It is therefore our belief that everyone can master maths and the term is never used as a descriptor for those classed as ‘more able’ mathematicians. We take our Mastery journey seriously and are committed to giving each aspect of Mastery sufficient time to embed, in order to ensure that what is implemented is done well and has the desired impact. The Mastery Approach is focused around teaching for depth rather than breadth; concepts are taught to the class until the majority have mastered them, whilst those children who are ‘rapid graspers’ will deepen understanding through looking for patterns, making connections through solving calculations in a variety of ways and drawing upon number sense to make generalisations and solve problems.
Although in many cases, all children will have the opportunity to access the same task, children working at greater depth would be expected to show greater independence when using strategies such as trial and error, systematic working and checking strategies. Teachers draw on a range of resources (using the CPA approach) to create the best possible learning environment for our pupils. It is expected that there will be reasoning as part of every lesson, although much of this will be oral. Talk partners will be used to enable the children to verbalise and discuss their understanding and depth of understanding will be provided through encouraging children to make connections, teach a friend, solve or use in a different way.
Chilton Academy is the lead school in a Teacher Research Group working alongside NCETM and the Archimedes Maths Hub (North). Our long-term Mathematics overview follows the Cross-spine Segment Sequencing Guidelines (Sept 2019) attached here.
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