At Holy Trinity we use mastery approaches to develop resilient mathematicians, successful problem solvers and mathematical thinkers with the ability to reason and work through challenges logically. We are determined that our children will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, use this knowledge to develop the ability to persevere in their reasoning and problem solving and apply their mathematical knowledge across the curriculum. Our children’s mathematical development involves the acquisition of skills, factual knowledge and conceptual understanding which can be applied to a calculations, problems and everyday life.
Mastery approaches are used across school with an early focus on developing a depth of understanding of number and place value in EYFS and KS1. All children take part in a range of different activities to ensure that they have a secure knowledge of the counting principles. We teach our children to become mathematical thinkers using the approaches of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our children are taught the skills to make connections between different areas of their learning and, armed with the tools of perseverance and resilience, they can apply their knowledge to develop chains of reasoning.
Within their learning, all children access a wide variety of representations, structure and variation and the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach is used consistently with manipulatives across school. We ensure that children understand the links between the manipulatives and the mathematical ideas that they represent, and manipulatives are carefully selected to teach specific mathematical concepts. We have high expectations of the children’s use of mathematical language which is modelled consistently by staff and the use of stem sentences in lessons ensures that the children are also consistently using and understanding key mathematical vocabulary.
Building a Successful Mathematician