Teaching Mathematics for Mastery at SMSG
At SMSG, we teach mathematics with a mastery approach from our Early Years all the way through to Year 6. This approach helps children to build a rich, deep understanding of mathematical concepts and be able to apply this learning across other subjects and beyond. Our highly skilled teachers craft lessons using resources from the Whiterose Maths Hub alongside NCETM guidance to ensure we have a progressive and sequential learning journey for all.
What do we mean by mastery?
The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that:
- Future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught.
- There is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind
- Children, who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised.
- Children who grasp key concepts rapidly are challenged to deepen their mathematical understanding.
In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
Our Expertise (Mastery) At the start of a two-year process, the team made a commitment that NumBots would develop a robust understanding of mathematical concepts, strengthened by automatic recall of the basics – a true “teaching for mastery” approach.
Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers.
Numberblocks. Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!
The app now includes a range of new tasks based on multiplication and division to accompany the addition and subtraction- based tasks available since its launch in January, covering all four rules of arithmetic children learn during Key Stage 1.