Mastery in Mathematics
At Paddocks, we have a maths mastery approach to the teaching and learning of maths. We use Mathematics Mastery resources to ensure we have an engaging and accessible style of teaching which is designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise the attainment of every child. In our school, from Early Years to Year 6, children are encouraged to use objects and pictures to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Doing this from an early age, encourages children to explore numbers using different representations which later secures and exposes the underlying structure of the mathematical concept.
At Paddocks, mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. All learners benefit from deepening their conceptual understanding of mathematics, regardless of whether they’ve previously struggled or excelled. We believe pupils must be given time to fully understand, explore and apply ideas- rather than accelerate through new topics. This approach enables learners to truly grasp a concept, and the challenge comes from investigating it in new, alternative and more complex ways.
Throughout the school all learners are encouraged to build confidence and resilience through high expectations in lessons. At Paddocks, we believe that no child should be left behind. Therefore, we focus on pupils ‘keeping up’ rather than ‘catching up’ and emphasise the high value of mathematics education.
We believe that mastery in mathematics is a long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification and application over time.