At Heaton Park Primary School we know that mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and fluency. It is integral to all aspects of learning and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that our children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will remain with them for life.
We are committed to ensuring that our children achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding. Concrete and pictorial resources are used to help children develop a strong foundation of mathematical understanding, which then allows them to think in the abstract.
We provide exciting and challenging learning experiences for all of our children, through independent and collaborative group work. Teaching for mastery is underpinned by a belief in the importance of mathematics and that the vast majority of children can succeed in learning. The whole class is taught mathematics together, with no differentiation by acceleration to new content. The learning needs of individual pupils are addressed through careful scaffolding and skilful questioning, in order to provide appropriate support and challenge. Mathematical discussions explore in detail how answers were obtained, why the strategy worked and what might be the most efficient method. Precise mathematical language is used by teachers, so that concepts are conveyed with clarity, consistency and precision.
At Heaton Park we are also aware of the importance of learning outside the classroom and we are exploring opportunities for children to learn this way.
We are working closely with our local NCETM Mathshub to embed the teaching of mastery. More information can be found at the following websites:
Teaching for Mastery
The Five Big Ideas of Mastery Explained
Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are part of the NCETM Mastering Number. Please click the link below for more information.
Times Tables Rock Stars
At Heaton Park we know the importance of children recalling their multiplication and division facts at speed and with accuracy. In order to help children with learning these facts in a fun and engaging way, we subscribe to ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’. In school, tournaments are set between classes and year groups. Children’s success on this platform is celebrated in each classroom.
Use the links below to view yearly mathematics learning overviews for each year group and progression of skills taught.