At Balby Central, we are using the 'Mathematics Mastery' approach to teaching mathematics.

We aim to improve pupils’ understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics, ensuring that our children can be the best mathematicians that they can be.

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.
  • We insist on children speaking in full sentences, applying a good understanding of the taught vocabulary.
  • 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.

In the Early Years setting, the environment exposes our children to number, shape, space and measure through continuous provision, both inside and outside the classroom. Our children have a ‘big picture’ focus for their unit, which underpins their learning.

In Years 1 to 6, 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 through a range of discussion activities.

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. For this, we use White Rose Maths in order to structre consolidation so that it enables out children to master the knowledge requirements for their year group.

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.

Times Tables Rock Stars

All of our children from Years 2 to 6 have login details for Times Tables Rock Stars. This is an incredibly engaging resource which enables children to develop their multiplication fluency and knowledge; it also allows our teachers to assess multiplcation tables that their pupils need further support with. It also helps to prepare our Year 4 pupils for the 'Times Table Check' that they will be completing in the summer term 2022.

It rocks!

Don't have your child's login details? Ask your teacher and they will share these with you.

Maths with Parents

This is an incredible resource that enables our children to complete maths tasks at home, in a fun, engaging way. All topics are chosen by the teacher and provide the opportunity for pupils to consolidate their learning. Want your child to take part? Simply click the Maths with Parents link and insert your child's class code from below:

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To find out more about how to use Maths with Parents, click the link below to view our virtual Zoom session:

Maths with Parents Launch

Balby Central Primary Academy

Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

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


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