Maths Mastery

At St Stephens Community Academy we use a teaching for maths mastery approach, where all children are encouraged to succeed and are challenged every day. Out teachers deliver high-quality maths teaching to encourage children to become "numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive and confident" people.

We use  a range of concrete resources, images and real life links to make sure that all children:

·        become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately in a variety of problems

·        reason mathematically through developing their mathematical thinking -conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

·        can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

·        develop confidence to approach challenges, considering what they already know or what they notice, and broaden their own understanding through selecting  different representations and aiming to apply efficient methods.

EARLY YEARS MATHEMATICS LEARNING RESEARCH GROUP; Cohort 3 ( Supported by the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub ( CoDe) and the NCETM

January – July 2019

We are delighted that our EYFS and Year 1 teachers are part of this research group this year.  Photographs and comments will be posted throughout the project.



Year 1- Measures: Questions posed and then children's learning observed and 'reproposed'. 
Year 1 welcomed teachers from St. Marks C of E Primary School to their maths lesson on subtraction. What do you notice? What do you wonder? were key questions to assess pupils prior knowledge. Using First, Then, Now and stem sentences, supported the the structure of this mathematical concept and the pupils' verbal reasoning. 
Please see our Approach to Learning Tab for information on:,
  • PPTs from the Shanghai Teacher Exchange and information on its impact;
Developing our maths learning walls to highlight small steps in learning and the use of concrete resources and images to expose the structure of mathematical concepts. 
Pupils at St Stephens Community Academy enjoyed a fantastic Number Day, in its annual participation in the NSPCC Number Day: combining the investigation of number with fundraising for the NSPCC. Our participation in Number Day is such a fantastic way to continue to make maths fun and embed our positive ' we can all do maths' attitude. Throughout the day pupils participated in activities ranging from Wanted posters for the digit '9' ( demonstrating number sense and fluency) and 'Who wants to be a Mathionaire'; being fluent, efficient and accurate with number is the foundation for becoming a good mathematician. Pupils and staff dressed in a variety of costumes which represented number: it was digits galore! With donations currently totalling £120 to support the important work of the NSPCC , it was truly a successful and fun event. . Thank you to everyone who supported us.

A list of useful Mathematics based websites for Parents and Pupils: Pupils have their individual logins- a fun way to improve recall of multiplication facts. can log in to practice key concepts learnt in class by working through the lesson slides, play games and complete any maths homework. - follow the links to the correct Key stage: Years 5 and 6 are KS2, Years 7 and 8 are KS3 – this website is very useful for revision - Useful website for KS2 pupils to practice some key skills in maths - Useful website with hundreds of links to other websites – most resources are for KS2 with some for KS3 - Maths games website aimed at mostly KS2 pupils – pupils can log in as a guest or create an account - Maths games website for pupils with links to lots of other sister websites such as - Free online maths games resources for KS2 pupils - KS3 revision website – there is a parents as well as a pupil info section – click on the maths link on the left hand side - some resources are free but a login and password need to be set up to access the majority of resources - Similar to the KS3 version above – there is also a parents info section as well - A maths games website (with some links to typing practice as well) mostly suitable for KS2 pupils and perhaps some KS3 pupils

Teachers and Maths Leads from 5 Primary schools visited our EYFS and Year 1 classes to learn about the teaching for maths mastery in the Early Years. The pupils showcased a carousel of activities focussing on Number Sense and talked with confidence about their learning. The participants commented that, ' The children were clearly enjoying their activities and were confident in explaining their learning.', ' I will be trying these ideas and activities in my own classroom ,' ' Thank you, it was an enlightening morning.' 
This visit was the 5th TRG ( Teacher Research Group) this year, which is being led by Ms Neale in her role as Primary Maths Mastery Specialsts for the CoDe Maths Hub.