At Thorpe House, we use the Maths Mastery approach to teaching Mathematics.
Maths Mastery is an approach to teaching and learning that aims for children to develop a deep understanding of Maths rather than memorising key concepts or resorting to rote learning.
The main objective and expectation are for all children to have acquired the fundamental concepts and facts of maths for their key stage such that by the end of the unit, they have attained mastery in the maths they have been studying. At this point, they must be ready to move confidently on to their more advanced level of Maths.
We aim to ensure that the boys:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We chose the White Rose Maths scheme of work as it follows these principles for building solid foundations in maths.
More information can be found at https://whiteroseeducation.com/parent-pupil-resources/maths, which contains loads of useful information on the maths skills and strategies which the boys are learning.