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The School uses the Maths Mastery approach which is endorsed by the Department of Education and influential bodies such as the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the University of Cambridge NRICH project. It is based on the following principles:

•All children can achieve in and enjoy mathematics 

•All children need a deep knowledge and understanding of the mathematics they are learning

•Future learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught 

•Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content (which can lead to superficial learning)

•Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded approach, engaging children in reasoning and developing mathematical thinking

The Maths Mastery approach is not only about closing the gap between the highest and lowest achievers. It’s about raising attainment for everyone. This means more children achieving the highest grades and more children loving and deeply understanding maths. Research evidence shows that encouraging a ‘can do attitude' and belief that everyone can do maths, has a significant effect on achievement.

Helping with Maths at home:


Teaching methods used at school:

Click on the link below to see how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division:

Calculations Policy 2018

Parent guide to Nrich: