“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is number.” – Shakuntala Devi
"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos
From September 2022, St John Vianney is fully adopting a mastery approach to Mathematics, which we will deliver through the Maths - No Problem! scheme of work. You can watch parent videos on the Maths- No Problem! website Parent Videos">here.
Mastery mathematics in an evidence-based approach to teaching maths which helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths. The aim of teaching mathematics using a mastery approach is that it is inclusive where all children achieve. A slower pace of teaching with small, considered steps results in greater progress for children. A mastery approach is reflected in the 2014 English national curriculum for mathematics and endorsed by the Department for Education, NCETM and OFSTED. Since November 2021, we have been working alongside the NCETM Great North Maths Hub to improve and refine our mastery approach to mathematics.
You can read more about a mastery approach to mathematics and watch a video of Debbie Morgan from NCETM speaking about mastery mathematics here.
You can find the yearly overviews for Maths - No Problem! below:
Calculations Policy Division (NC2014).pdf
Calculations Policy Multiplication (NC2014).pdf
Calculations Policy Subtraction (NC2014).pdf
Calculations Policy Addition (NC2014).pdf
From the academic year 2021-2022, we have joined the Mastering Number project through the Great North Maths Hub. Mastering Number is designed to help children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 to embed good number sense including fluency and flexibility with number facts. Each child has access to a rekenrek resource to support their understanding and number sense. The programme is delivered as an additional short maths session daily.
‘The rekenrek looks like a simple piece of equipment, but it can be very powerful. Used by skilful, trained teachers it can help children move away from counting in ones to start doing basic mental calculations. We call this ‘number sense’, and research tells us that if children develop fluency and flexibility with number facts and relationships early on, they will make much more progress later, in both maths and other subjects.’ Debbie Morgan, NCETM