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Maths

Maths

Gifford Primary School implements a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice which provides all pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the mathematical concept that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more progressive and thought-provoking material. Likewise with calculations, as highlighted in our calculation policy, students must demonstrate their understanding of concepts using the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach, ensuring fluency and depth of knowledge.

 

Gifford Primary School is dedicated to the Mastery approach and is now working as part of a group of schools for the NCTEM’s Central and West London Maths Hub. At the heart of the approach to maths taken at Gifford Primary School is the growth mind-set, the belief that knowledge and understanding can be developed through a willingness to face challenge, embracing our mistakes and use them as an opportunity to learn, rather than seeing them as a failure. 

 

Useful websites

Mathletics - Maths homework will be assigned through this website. Pupils will be set tasks to complete and are also able to revisit in class learning. Pupils will need to log in using their individual username and password.

 

Times Table Rockstars - An exciting and engaging website to help develop the children’s fluency in Times Tables. Pupils will need to log in using their individual username and password.

 

Maths at Home - This website includes videos that clearly explain mathematical concepts for each year group. Perfect to support with home learning. Pupils will need to log in with their LGFL details to access this resource.

 

Busy Things - A stimulating and fun website that is suitable to test for pupils of all ages but that will be especially engaging for children from Reception to Year 2. Pupils will need to log in with their LGFL details to access this resource.