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Thames View Primary School follows a maths mastery approach in line with the National Curriculum (2014). Our principal aim is to develop children’s confidence, skills and deepen their understanding. Wherever possible, we show how maths can be used in everyday situations or within a real-life context.

Teachers structure maths lessons to include the following elements:

  • Sharing the Learning Question and success criteria
  • Development of varied fluency and basic skills
  • A small steps teaching sequence based on the White Rose Hub scheme of Learning
  • Use of CPA, including manipulatives and multiple representations (variation)
  • Reasoning and problem solving challenges to deepen understanding of concepts and allow all pupils the opportunity to reason mathematically
  • Use of questioning to stimulate mathematical thinking, discover patterns and connections, explain reasoning and make generalisations
  • Use of partner talk and collaborative work to further develop explanatory reasoning and deepen understanding
  • Immediate feedback given to children’s work and opportunities for clarification/ intervention set as quickly as possible (within the lesson and during the day/week) (A4L). We use teaching assistants to support some children, and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.

Maths planning is a shared collaboration between class teachers. The expectation of the presentation of pupils’ work in (squared) books for KS1 and KS2 is in line with the school’s Handwriting Policy.