At Balby Central, we are using the Maths Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. We are aiming to improve pupils’ understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics The key principles underpin all that we are doing. We have high expectations for every child. We teach fewer topics in greater depth. We emphasise problem-solving and conceptual understanding. The programme pulls together many established ideas and methods into one rigorous teaching approach. Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We are focusing on narrowing the achievement gap between different groups of students, as well as raising standards overall. We want all learners to share the enthusiasm for mathematics. The approach is based on research and internationally recognised practices, and underpinned by key principles.

In Year 1 to Year 2, Mathematics Mastery lessons follow a clear 6-part structure: this keeps the lesson pacey, gives flow and allows more opportunities to teach creatively, give feedback and assess learning.

In addition to this, it ensures that children have the opportunity to explore maths in lots of different ways and develop their complete understanding and apply their knowledge of the subject.

The 6-part structure:

  1. Do Now

This is a quick task all pupils can access without any teacher input as an introduction to the mathematics lesson.

  1. New Learning

The New Learning segment introduces the main mathematical concepts for the day’s lesson.

  1. Talk Task

The Talk Task segment of the lesson practises the new learning by talking about maths with key vocabulary.

  1. Develop Learning

The Develop Learning segment builds on the new learning and develops a deeper understanding of the maths concepts of that lesson.

  1. Independent Task

The Independent task practises learning independently through solving problems.

  1. Plenary

The Plenary segment recaps on the lesson, checking understanding and celebrating success.

During each unit (varying between 5-15 sessions), the children will also take part in at least one ‘consolidation lesson’, which gives the children the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a range of problems and challenges.

Maths Meetings

From Foundation 1 to Year 6, all children take part in ‘Maths Meetings’: these are fast-paced sessions, each lasting for between 10-15 minutes, designed to consolidate children’s knowledge and understanding of various subjects.

Teachers can also use this as an opportunity for pre-teaching content that will be taught in upcoming lessons and revisiting/addressing any misconceptions from recent sessions.

Balby Central Primary Academy

Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

Balby Central Primary Academy, Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL


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