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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’


Our Vision:   


We aim for all pupils to develop deeper understanding, competence and confidence in Maths.  We want our children to have a secure and thorough understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and develop their calculation skills so that they can apply them to different situations. We encourage our children to develop a love of maths and to explore it in the world around them.  Our lessons use a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract forms and we aim to inspire a high level of competence in preparation for secondary school and the world beyond.   


Our pupils should:  


  • Develop a positive attitude to mathematics.  

  • Become proficient with number, ensuring mental fluency and the ability to look for connections between numbers.   

  • Become problem solvers, who can reason, think logically, work systematically and apply their knowledge of mathematics.   

  • Understand the correct use of mathematical language.   

  • Work as independent learners and co-operatively with others.  

  • Appreciate real life contexts to learning in mathematics.   


Our Approach:  

Our school adopts a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics in line with the 2014 National Curriculum and guidance from the NCETM. The mastery approach allows us to make links across all areas of maths and builds on the three key areas of the National Curriculum: Fluency, reasoning and problem solving.   


In line with our knowledge rich curriculum and pedagogy, we begin each lesson with a recap of prior learning. We share new vocabulary and then encourage the children to apply their understanding through independent tasks before reviewing together at the end of the session. 


We use and adapt the White Rose scheme of learning as a basis from which to build from.  The expectation is that pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.  Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through problem solving activities before any acceleration through new content.  Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material receive support to consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.  Where necessary children will receive additional one to one or small group support to allow them to build confidence and understanding. This may be done within the lesson or during another part of the day.   


Maths Curriculum