Curriculum Intent Statement
At St Thomas More, we have adopted a mastery approach to teachings mathematics by working closely with the Archimedes Maths Hub.
What is Maths Mastery?
Maths mastery is a teaching and learning approach that aims for pupils to develop deep understanding of maths rather than being able to memorise key procedures or resort to rote learning. … At this point they are ready to move confidently on to their next stage of maths.
More detailed information on Maths Mastery can be found by clicking this link: Introduction to Maths Mastery
Big Ideas for Teaching Maths Mastery’
At St Thomas More, we use NCETM’s ‘5 Big Ideas for Teaching Maths Mastery as inspiration for all of our lessons:
Click the picture to find out more about the 5 big ideas
Progression of Knowledge
Our Whole School Progression of Knowledge Document shows what children should know by the end of each year and/or how they should be able to demonstrate their knowledge.
Long Term Overviews
Our Long Term Overviews show how topics of mathematics are broken into blocks throughout the school year.
Please note: Class Teachers may have altered these plans slightly at the moment in an effort to fulfil learning gaps due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In EYFS at St Thomas More, we ensure that children have strong understanding in the six main areas of maths before they move into Key Stage 1.
There are six main areas that collectively underpin children’s early mathematical learning, and which provide the firm foundations for the mathematics that children will encounter as they go up the years in primary school
- Cardinality and Counting: understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity, or ‘howmanyness’ of things it represents
- Comparison: understanding that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other
- Composition: understanding that one number can be made up from (composed from) two or more smaller numbers
- Pattern: looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships
- Shape and Space: understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking
- Measures: comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units to compare later.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Our Maths Initiatives
Times Table Rockstars (TTRS)
All of our children have access to Times Table Rockstars which is an online platform game which hosts a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice to further embed learning in the classroom.
All of our children also have access to NumBots: NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Calculation Progression