Maths Mastery at East Wittering

At East Wittering we follow the National Curriculum for Maths using the Maths Mastery approach to teaching.


We use the phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ to describe the range of elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.


Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.

Five Big Ideas in Teaching for Mastery

A central component in the NCETM/Maths Hubs programmes to develop Mastery Specialists has been discussion of Five Big Ideas, drawn from research evidence, underpinning teaching for mastery.

Coherence: Connecting new ideas to concepts that have already been understood, and ensuring that, once understood and mastered, new ideas are used again in next steps of learning, all steps being small steps


Representation and Structure: Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representat

Mathematical Thinking: If taught ideas are to be understood deeply, they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student: thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others


Fluency: Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics


Variation: Varying the way a concept is initially presented to students, by giving examples that display a concept as well as those that don’t display it. Also, carefully varying practice questions so that mechanical repetition is avoided, and thinking is encouraged.


How is Mathematics taught at East Wittering?

Fluency Skills– To develop children’s fluency, throughout school children take part in early morning ‘Maths Flash’ sessions. Children practise counting forwards and backwards and in steps of different sizes, including fractions and decimals in later years.


Discrete Maths Lessons – Most of the number aspects of the curriculum are taught through discrete Maths lessons. We are working towards a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. This means that we focus on topics, such as place value or addition, for a longer period of time to enable pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the mathematical concepts. Children are given opportunities to develop fluency, reason mathematically and solve problems.


Cross-Curricular Maths – Many aspects of the curriculum, especially Measurement, Geometry and Statistics are taught through a cross-curricular approach. There are particularly strong links with Computing, Science, Geography and Art.


Models and Images – To support children’s conceptual understanding, we use a range of models and images, including Numicon, straws, bead strings, place value counters, number lines, fraction boxes, Dienes’ apparatus.


Speaking and Listening – Children are given frequent opportunities to discuss their mathematical thinking and articulate their reasoning.

Our math overviews

Each year group follows the White Rose overview, however teachers have the flexibility to move blocks around to best suit their children.

File icon: pdf Year 1 Long Term Planning Overview [pdf 159KB] Click to download
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Parent Guides:

The purpose for the math booklets is to inform parents of the ways in which they can help their children with their mathematics, for I have frequently been asked by parents what they can do in order to support their children’s maths work at home. 


Parents play an important role in improving their children’s maths, as most maths we do is based on problems that they encounter in the world outside of the classroom, and as such there are lots of opportunities for parents to question their children and improve their understanding. These booklets will therefore hopefully act as a guide and support for parents enabling them to take a more active role in improving their children’s numeracy.


 If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself or your child’s class teacher


Miss Pullen

(Maths Lead)

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Fun videos to support at home

1) 5 Easy Ways to Use Numicon to Help Early Numeracy at Home | Kin Learning

We use numicon as a resource to enable children to visualise numbers. Take a look at how it can be used in the early stages of numeracy.

Discover 5 easy and fun ways to build your child's early numeracy skills at home using Numicon. The product used in the video can be bought on Amazon here - Activities in this video: 1. Recognising Numicon Number Frames 2. Practise Addition Facts (1:00) 3.


2)  I Can Say My Number Pairs 5 | Math Song for Kids | Number Bonds | Jack Hartmann

This video, and any of the Jack Hartman number pairs or number bonds videos are excellent at improving children's fluency recall of number facts. They are catchy, and also have fantastic use of visual links, such as tens frames and digits to help children build connections. Give it a go!


3) Subitize Up To 5 (soo-bi-tize) | Math Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

This video is a great musical way to encourage your Reception or Year 1 child to practise subitizing. This is the skill of being able to see a small group of objects and being able to say how many there are rather than counting them. It is a fantastic piece of fluency practice!


4) Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)

Mr. DeMaio and friends cover a variety of songs to help you learn your times tables!

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External Link Icon Three times table song