St Joseph’s are currently following the Maths Mastery ARC Programme in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Year 3 to Year 6 classes are following the Inspire Maths textbooks as a guideline.
“At the centre of the mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics is the belief that all pupils have the potential to succeed. They should have access to the same curriculum content and, rather than being extended with new learning, they should deepen their conceptual understanding by tackling challenging and varied problems. Similarly, with calculation strategies, pupils must not simply rote learn procedures but demonstrate their understanding of these procedures through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations.”
It is important that children are allowed to explore Maths and present their findings not only in a written form but also visually; to that end the school will adopt the CPA approach; concrete, pictorial, abstract. This will allow the children to experience the physical aspects of Maths before finding a way to present their findings and understandings in a visual form before relying on the abstract numbers. All teaching staff at St Joseph’s attend staff meetings that regularly have a Maths focus, which provide information on current thinking and introduces them to new teaching methodologies and ideas.