Loughton School currently teaches mathematics in years 3, 4 and 5 in mixed ability classes using a ‘mastery’ approach. Year 6 maths is currently taught in ability sets. We have additional small booster groups in each year group of no more than 8 children who require the curriculum to be taught at a slower pace than their peers.
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In line with the ‘mastery’ approach to the National Curriculum, it is important that the correct mathematical language is being used to support children’s learning. The NCETM has developed a thorough glossary of terms to support understanding and shows by which point in their learning (either KS1 or KS2) they should be familiar with these terms.
"Using correct mathematical language is crucial for thinking, learning and communicating mathematically. Children may build knowledge through remembering information that they hear, but it is only when they put these ideas into their own words that it becomes clear whether concepts have been learned effectively.
We need to encourage children to explain what they are doing and why they are doing it. We must offer them opportunities to use mathematical language frequently, for example by participating in paired activities, group discussions and games as well as other dialogues. This will help children to learn new vocabulary, to use words they already know more accurately, and to express new ideas and new thinking.
For children to participate effectively in mathematics lessons, they must acquire the appropriate vocabulary to enable them to explain their thinking and make progress in different areas of mathematical knowledge." Rising Stars, Mathematical Vocabulary for the 2014 Curriculum
Please find below some short videos explaining these methods.