At Ark Blacklands, our Mathematics curriculum is supported by the Mathematics Mastery programme from Reception to Year 6. The programme emphasises cumulative mastery of the essential knowledge and skills of mathematics. It embeds a deep understanding of maths by employing a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach – using objects and pictures before numbers and symbols so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
The three key features of Mathematics Mastery are:
- High expectations for every child
- More time on fewer topics (allowing for greater depth)
- Problem solving at the heart
In Maths teaching, we aim to equip pupils with tools such as logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep understanding of concepts, which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. Mathematics is taught through practical and written activities that have real meaning for the children, enabling them to develop their numerical skills and the ability to solve problems.
Throughout the academy, we teach the following areas of study:
- using and applying maths in different contexts
- number and algebra
- shape, space and measure
- data handling
Combined with this, our mathematics curriculum places a strong emphasis on arithmetic, developing mental recall of number facts before introducing written calculations for all of the four operations. Our approach uses concrete manipulatives (such as number lines and bead strings), pictorial representatives (pictures representing mathematical concepts) and more abstract approaches (written equations). This structured support, combined with our high expectations, ensures that children make clear connections in mathematics which they can then apply to a variety of situations.
Here you can see the Whole School Mathematics Mastery Curriculum Map: