The key driver for Maths at Intake is the belief that everybody can achieve. Pupils are guided through the curriculum by their teachers whilst being challenged and pushed to challenge themselves.
Mathematics is a rich subject full of deep connections that runs throughout our daily lives and is integral to the vast majority of employment opportunities. Our maths skills are used daily, from going out shopping to decorating the house and beyond, so thriving in rather than just accessing the curriculum is our mission.
Teaching for Mastery at Intake Primary Academy
The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that:
- future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught;
- no child is left behind – all children are taught the same objective within the same lesson;
- children who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised.
What does Maths Teaching for Mastery look like?
- It rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’
- All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths, they can succeed – growth mindset.
- Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time.
- All children can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
- If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention is provided.
- Lesson design identifies the new mathematics, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through new learning.
- Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning.
- Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory.