At Mount Charles School we are developing a mastery approach to Mathematics. To help aid this approach we are using the 'Maths No Problem!' textbooks in Year 1 and Year 2. Because of the success we have seen over the past two years when using this approach, in September 2018 we will also be using the books in Year 3. We hope that this will aid the transition between KS1 and KS2.
Staff across the school have been developing a mastery approach to teaching Mathematics, whereby every child is given the time to fully master each concept, before moving on, ensuring success for all learners. Children spend most lessons solving problems and working with concrete apparatus to fully understand abstract mathematical concepts.
In KS1 they work in workbooks and use journalling to document their thinking and reasoning: a key feature of every lesson. The textbooks are based on a highly successful model used in Singapore and have been specially written for the UK curriculum.
In KS2 the same approach is taken, however teachers use their expert knowledge of the curriculum and the resources created by the 'White Rose Maths Hub', to embed the mastery approach.
Why Singapore Maths?
The Singapore curriculum for Mathematics has consistently produced excellent results. Singapore is at the top of the charts in international comparisons of educational systems such as TIMSS and PIRLS. The textbooks and workbooks are used successfully in over 30 countries around the world.
Students can underperform in Mathematics because they find it boring or they can't remember the rules. The Singapore method of teaching Mathematics develops pupils' mathematical ability and confidence without have ing to resort to memorising procedures to pass tests - making Mathematics more engaging and interesting.
Key features of this approach to teaching:
- Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension: children relate what they learn and connect knowledge
- Careful scaffolding of core competencies:
- visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
- mental startgeis, to develop decision making abilities
- pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise
- Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so children learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures
Times Tables Rock Stars
In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the times tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools – both primary and secondary – worldwide.