At Wigton Infant School we have changed the way we teach maths and are developing a mastery approach.
A key concept behind Maths Mastery is that of Growth Mindset - the belief that every child can achieve and become a confident mathematician. Children are taught maths through small steps, and through questioning, explaining and discussing they deepen their understanding of mathematical learning.
Each class has an extensive selection of apparatus to support maths lessons, so children can choose to use apparatus, draw pictures, or work mentally in order to secure a through understanding of concepts.
From Year 1 maths is taught as a whole class lesson, supported by the teacher and teaching assistant. Children have a “ Maths Buddy” to discuss and work with. Discussion with a friend is encouraged as children can learn a lot from each other. Any children who are finding a concept more difficult are given extra intervention time.