At Stainton School, we follow the Maths Mastery approach for the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
Teaching for maths mastery is a new way of thinking about maths that has been inspired by some of the leading performers in mathematics education across the world. It recognises that by nurturing positive attitudes and building confidence in mathematics, all children can achieve.
Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical structures and representations. Children are taught together as a whole class and the focus is on depth - not acceleration - so that all children have a chance to embed learning.
The use of well-designed and tested textbooks can be important for the successful implementation of teaching for mastery. A good textbook is an aid both for the teacher in planning lessons, and for the pupil during lessons and working on their own. At Stainton, we use Power Maths textbooks. Find out more about Power Maths by clicking the link below.
As part of Maths Mastery in school, we are in the second year of participating in the Mastering Number Project, organised and run by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics). This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention is given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.
Supporting your child in Maths.
The following book list and weblinks are really useful if you wish to read more about how Maths is taught in schools today and how you can support your child.
Help Your Kids with Maths: A Visual Problem Solver for Kids and Parents
By Carol Vorderman
Homework Help for Mums & Dads
By Karen Dolby
A Parent's Survival Guide to Maths Homework: Make Sense of Your Kid's Maths
By Andrew Brodie