We use Mathematics Mastery as our maths programme at Halley House School. At primary school, a deep understanding is achieved through covering fewer topics in greater depth. Pupils explore and master concepts using objects, conversation and problem-solving to build their confidence in their understanding rather than learning procedures by rote.
There are three key features that provide pupils with a deep understanding of mathematics.
Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. Maths Mastery use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. Every lesson includes opportunities for children to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning.
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.
To find out more go to: http://www.mathematicsmastery.org/what-we-do/primary-school-programme/