At Barrow CE School, we believe that every child can achieve in mathematics. We take a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics in mixed ability classes. Our ethos is that all children can be successful in the study of mathematics. We do not accept that ‘some children cannot do maths’ or that children should be limited by prior attainment. Maths is for everyone! We teach the skills to ensure our children are resilient learners who become life-long mathematicians. We aim to deliver an inspiring and engaging mathematics curriculum through high-quality teaching. 

Our approach to the teaching of Mathematics enables children to be numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. Children should not be afraid to make mistakes and should fully embrace the fact that mistakes are part of learning! A mastery curriculum promotes a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject so that children become fluent in calculations; possess agrowing confidence to reason mathematically and hone their problem-solving skills.

Our curriculum builds on the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. By using all three, the children can explore and demonstrate their mathematical learning. Together, these elements help to cement knowledge so children truly understand what they have learnt. complex mathematical concepts are built on simpler conceptual components and when children understand every step in the learning sequence, maths becomes transparent and makes logical sense.

This year, we have implemented the Power Maths approach throughout the whole school. Our Maths Lead will continue to support others and to develop their knowledge of maths mastery by attending the ‘embedding mastery’ sessions with the maths hub.

We want every child to leave Barrow CE school enjoying maths, developing a set of mathematical skills that they can build upon in their future education.

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