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At Hexham First we are using a Mastery Approach to Maths teaching.  Mastery is what we want pupils to acquire (or go on acquiring), rather than teachers to exhibit, we use the phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ to describe the range of elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.  Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material.

Five Big Ideas in Teaching for Mastery

A central component in the NCETM/Maths Hubs programmes to develop Mastery Specialists has been discussion of Five Big Ideas, drawn from research evidence, underpinning teaching for mastery. This is the diagram used to help bind these ideas together:


At Hexham First we use the Power Maths scheme to support us in our teaching and learning.  It has Interactive Whiteboard resources that we discuss and work through with our class and has pupil workbooks that children write in. There is a great emphasis on using lots of different methods and a wide range of physical resources to solve problems and on using fluency, reasoning and problem solving in every lesson.

We also use elements of White Rose Maths and NCETM to support our planning and to ensure children are given a range of activities.

We will make every effort to share methods that are used in class with parents. Please let us know if you would are unsure of how to best support your child with their maths.


This will be achieved with them being able to:

  • Identify mathematical relationships (spatial, numerical and logical) and see their relevance to everyday life.
  • carry out practical activities involving measurement, estimation and calculation.
  • use money in everyday situations.
  • read and record mathematical statements using correct terminology and symbols.
  • Interpret diagrams, charts, graphs and tables.
  • solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • develop an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

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