At Truro Learning Academy, we believe every child deserves to succeed in maths. To ensure that this happens, we follow a mastery curriculum.
Our vision is for our children to develop a love of maths and ensure that they feel successful, regardless of their starting points. By following the Number Sense programme from Reception to Year 2, and securing their knowledge of times tables in Key Stage 2, children develop a firm foundation in essential number facts, enabling them to then become proficient in the fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills that they need in life beyond school.
We have a consistent approach to teaching maths, underpinned by following the NCETM Curriculum Prioritisation materials and supplemented with additional, high-quality materials. Our teachers plan and deliver small steps in learning, deepening and scaffolding the learning as appropriate.
In lessons, children receive quality inputs from teachers and answer small step questions in a paper strip format. These questions become progressively more challenging so that all of the children are able to access the initial questions and there is sufficient challenge to stretch the more able mathematicians. Children are taught how to use a variety of manipulatives to support their mathematical understanding and to solve questions with the use of these becoming more independent over time.
In EYFS, consolidation maths lessons are built into the long term planning, in addition to recap as part of daily routines, to ensure that concepts are regularly recapped. In Year 1, recap of key maths concepts is built into daily routines and, every morning, children from Year 2 to Year 6, complete ‘Morning Maths’ sessions. These sessions focus on the fundamental elements of maths so that core skills become automatic, increasing children’s confidence and competence in key mathematical skills and freeing their working memory, ultimately enabling children to tackle increasingly complex problems.