At St Giles’, we have been working with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), Herts for Learning and other local schools as part of a Mastery Readiness group so that we can develop our understanding of how children develop their mathematical knowledge and the pedagogy behind it.
Using the Hertfordshire Essentials materials, each year group moves through topics at broadly the same pace. We do not move to the next stage until children demonstrate that they have an understanding of the mathematical concepts taught. We promote multiple methods of solving problems ensuring that our children have plenty of time to explore concrete materials grasp the key concepts before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract. Differentiation allows advanced learners to be challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic. The accompanying documents provide an outline of coverage and foci, from which the teachers plan their lessons.