Maths at Ellingham

At Ellingham Primary School, we value mathematics as a core subject which is essential to everyday life. We follow a mastery approach and work closely with our local Maths Hub to enable pupils of all ages  can acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of maths.  

Factual fluency is prioritised in all year groups and by following a high-quality, mastery programme of study, we endeavour to provide children with the skills necessary to succeed as they progress through our school and beyond. 

Factual Fluency 

Daily maths lessons

Maths Mastery

Mastering maths means pupils of all ages acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to the next small step of progression.

Underpinning principles

•Mathematics teaching for mastery assumes everyone can learn and enjoy mathematics

•Mathematical learning behaviours are developed such that pupils focus and engage fully as learners who reason and seek to make connections

•Teachers continually develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, working collaboratively to refine and improve their teaching

•Curriculum design ensures a coherent and detailed sequence of essential content to support sustained progression over time

In the classroom

•Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, enabling all to master the concepts necessary for the next part of the curriculum sequence

•In a typical lesson, the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion, enabling pupils to think, reason and apply their knowledge to solve problems

•Use of precise mathematical language enables all pupils to communicate their reasoning and thinking effectively

•Significant time is spent developing deep understanding of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning through the use of small step planning and teaching.

Helping your child at home 

All children from Years 1-6 have their own login details to access Times Table Rockstars or NumBots. These are fun and interactive games that allow children to practise, apply and consolidate their knowledge of number and multiplicative facts. 

Children can take part in rock showdowns with their peers and challenge their friends and even their teachers to a battle.

Download the White Rose App which helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks! 

We hold parent workshops for maths to help you support your child at home. Handouts and slides from these sessions can be found below.

Maths Exhibition slides.pptx

Maths Vocabulary

We know that Maths vocabulary can be daunting so here are some of the key words we use in our classrooms all linked to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

It is key for you to understand these so that you can begin to use them at home when supporting your child.

All definitions have come from the NCETM website and the full Maths vocabulary can be found by scanning the QR code.

Maths Policy 2022-23.pdf