At Phillimore School we aim to make maths lessons engaging, exciting, well-resourced and challenging for children of all abilities! As well as everyday maths lessons, there are a range of maths activities children can do at lunchtimes and after school to help improve their learning.
At Phillimore we follow a mastery approach to teaching mathematics. This means that we are aiming to develop a deep, long-term understanding of the subject rather than teaching children to learn procedures without really knowing the meaning and concepts behind them.
At the heart of a mastery approach is the belief that every child is capable of achieving.
Some key features of the mastery approach to maths teaching are:
The use of mathematical representations (visuals and practical aids) to help with the understanding of concepts.
Using a variety of representations and using practice exercises that encourage thinking rather than repeating the same procedure over and over with different numbers.
All children working on the same concept, with children who grasp a concept quickly, deepening their understanding of the concept rather than moving on to something new.