Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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At Gunness and Burringham Church of England Primary School, we believe every child can achieve in maths and it is our responsibility to provide the environment and experiences to make this possible. We believe every child is a capable mathematician with the ability to reason and problem solve. A positive growth mindset from teachers and pupils combined with strong teacher subject knowledge are essential to our children’s success in mathematics.

‘At our school, every child in our classroom has an ‘I can solve anything attitude’

We adopt a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of maths across the whole school. This approach recognises the value of developing the power to think, understand and reason rather than just ‘do’ using a set of given rules. The fundamental belief is that every child can achieve number fluency, confidence and understanding step by step.

Children are all taught the same concept in their year and the expectation is that all children can succeed. Some children may need extra strengthening teaching whilst others are encouraged to deepen their understanding. Maths mastery recognises the value of making a whole class journey of a concept which is broken down into small steps of learning, one by one. In this way children are building secure foundations which they can build upon and make connections to other areas of maths ensuring deep mathematical understanding and confident mathematicians.