At Ashby Fields, we teach maths through the mastery approach. Concepts are taught through a concrete (using physical equipment such as counters, cubes and tens frames) pictorial (through visual drawings and jottings) and abstract (mental and written approaches) This method develops deep and sustained understanding. Our teachers use a range of strategies to identify misconceptions during lessons and value pupils ‘brilliant mistakes’.
Home learning for maths is based on developing and securing basic skills in maths as fundamental building blocks to success in this subject. The children are asked to complete Numbots or TTRockstars which is an online programme that focuses on subitising, number bonds and progresses to learning times tables with fluency to support all areas of maths. We celebrate this home learning with certificates in our Celebration assemblies which take place on a Friday.
To ensure whole school consistency and progression, we use the DfE approved ‘Power Maths’ scheme to inform and guide our planning. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts. Teachers assess children’s knowledge and understanding of key concepts and adapt the sessions according to their needs, allowing for further consolidation and a rich variety of questioning.