Maths at RAPs
At Richmond Avenue Primary School and Nursery we have adopted a Mastery Approach to teaching Mathematics. This means teaching in a way designed to give pupils a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematics. Pupils are taught in non-ability based learning groups with learners moving through mathematical content at broadly the same pace.
This is enabled by small steps in teaching, the use of carefully selected ‘manipulative’ resources, with support provided for those that need it in immediate pre and post teaching interventions. This enables them to ‘keep up, not catch up’. Challenge is also provided for those pupils who are ready to go a little broader or deeper with their learning; pupils are not, however, pushed on to new content.
In this way teachers are able to keep the whole learning group focussed on the same aspect of mathematics so that when learning points are made explicit and explored, this is available to all learners.
Mathematical fluency is a central part of mathematical success. Pupils who know their times tables by heart, their number bonds to 20, can quickly and accurately derive the inverse of known facts and can manipulate digits across place value to enable efficient mental calculation are at a huge advantage over those who cannot. Therefore, every pupil from Year One has a weekly times table or number bond test and receives teaching on mathematical fluency. There is also a whole school weekly competition – ‘Times Table Mastermind’ and a competition to achieve the highest number of ‘progressions’ each week in each class on our ‘online tutor’ Maths Whizz.