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St. Michael's Church of England Primary School Thorpe on the Hill



At St. Michael’s C E Primary School, we believe that together, we are building a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter of starting points, ensuring that all children can achieve regardless of disadvantage or SEND with no ceiling. Teaching for Mastery.


Our ‘mastery’ spiralled approach, repeatedly recaps and builds on previous learning while deepening understanding, ensuring that all children make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems through varied and frequent practice, through small steps helping them to maximise retention over time.

We believe in the power of a ‘Mastery’ approach to learning.

All concepts are introduced through concrete resources (We try to use real outdoor resources as much as possible e.g.: leaves, fruit, sticks) before moving onto pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using. When children are secure, they use numbers or other symbols in an abstract way. 

Each of these stages are taught through our 'I do, we do, you do' style which ensures that scaffolding supports all children.

‘I do’ (teacher modelling),

‘we do’ (working together),

‘you do’ (working independently)’

At St. Michael’s, we are striving to provide a high-quality, inter-related and creative Maths experience that develops the children’s ability to think mathematically and one which allows them to apply the tools to which they have been exposed in a variety of ways; in order to follow a line of enquiry, conjecture relationships and generalisations. As well, as develop an argument, justification and proof by using mathematical language.


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