Here at Chantry, teachers and children are now using Inspire maths (a text book based scheme) to help them support their learning. This scheme of work is new to us as a school (Jan 2018) and we are all enjoying our exciting and challenging mathematical journey.
Chantry is also fortunate enough to be part of the Teacher Research Group run by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics). A TRG is a group of teachers working collaboratively to improve their practice and to develop the mastery approach when teaching mathematics.
As part of this project, teachers are working with their colleagues and children to develop a structured lesson format that works well with our chosen Inspire maths teacher materials. Some teachers have observed mastery lessons in action and have developed these in their own classrooms, as well as sharing good practice with others in school.
The mastery approach at Chantry allows children to work together as a class on their fluency skills at very regular intervals. Some children will need further support with this area depending on their individual need and either the class teacher or teaching assistant will provide that support where appropriate. Children will then progress to an activity that allows them to consolidate their learning and apply their work in a new way. Children who are then confident and able to do so will then move to a problem that will give them the opportunity to work on their reasoning and application skills.
Mastery is for all of our children and these carefully designed tasks allow pupils to take time to practise key skills before deepening understanding with further challenges from the Inspire practice books or text books.
In addition to class based activities, we also take part in the West Area partnership Times table challenge as well as other maths competitions run by local businesses (Explore Learning for example). Last academic year we had finalists from key stage 1 and lower key stage 2 times table challenge. The final for 2017 took place on Wednesday 1st March. We are very proud of how our children both presented themselves and how they really worked hard on these arithmetic style questions.
Rest assured, we will continue to practise and come back this year!