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Coldfair Green Primary School Mastery Approach to Mathematics


At Coldfair Green Primary School this is our definition of mastery, with regards to the teaching and learning of mathematics skills:


Mastery is … “A focus on achieving a deeper understanding of fewer topics through problem solving, questioning and encouragement of deeper mathematical thinking.”


We will know we have mastered a skill when we can


  • Explain how we got an answer and why it is right
  • Use and apply our knowledge in real life contexts
  • Convince others why our answer is right
  • Transfer skills from one context to another
  • Apply our maths knowledge in any situation
  • Solve maths problems
  • Note connections and patterns between things
  • Explain our thinking
  • Persevere and know that understanding our mistakes helps us learn
  • Answer questions in context

In the classroom


  • We are helped to master each unit of learning before moving on to the next
  • We frequently revisit previous learning so that we can practise and apply what we have learnt 


In the curriculum


  • We use a range of concrete apparatus and move from the concrete and pictorial to the abstract as we progress
  • We use the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach across the whole school
  • We use our mathematics skills to solve problems in new situations

Objects and pictures:
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).

Language development:
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. We use a carefully sequenced, structured approach to introduce and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. 

We use a new Maths WOW word for each new area of learning

Problem solving:
Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our approach – it is both how children learn maths, and the reason why they learn maths. By accumulating knowledge of mathematics concepts, children can develop and test their problem solving in every lesson.

Celebrating the 100th day at school by counting 100 objects

Coldfair Green Primary School Mathematics Policy


The document below explains our approach to teaching Mathematics at Coldfair Green. It explains our philosophy towards the learning and teaching of maths and links to our calculation policy.
Please click on the title below for a link to the policy, which can also be found on our policies page.

Multiplication / Times Tables


We cannot stress enough how important times tables are to understanding maths. They underpin so many types of calculations the children need to be able to make and secure knowledge of the multiplication tables is essential.

Year 4 are externally tested on their tables as part of the KS2 SATS testing programme. (This is not why we stress their importance.)

In this school we are teaching times tables in a range of ways designed to enable the children to learn them effectively in a fun way that will help them stay in their long term memory. We think it is important that children are exposed to regular repetition to supports them in moving things from their short term memory into long term memory where knowledge becomes more secure.


Here is a link for children to practise and get use to the Multiplication check,

The Mathematics National Curriculum can be found by clicking on the link above in the title. This is the statutory content that we must teach in each year group by law. The level of challenge is significantly improved since September 2014 when the new curriculum was introduced.


Key Stage One and Two Assessment in Mathematics


There are links here to the Key Stage One and Two Maths SATS papers that the children took in 2016 and 2017. These clearly demonstrate the high standards expected in maths.

Learning Cafés


We hold regular Maths Learning cafés which will focus on a particular area of Mathematics. These are opportunities for family members to come into school and find out about how we teach specific areas of maths and to them work with their own children in classrooms to support them with that specific area of maths and help them get to grips with it. Feedback we have had from parents over the last two years suggests that this is found to be a useful experience that enables them to help children with their homework more effectively.


The presentations given to parents can be accessed via the links below:


Maths Café Addition and Subtraction

Maths Café Place Value

Maths Café Feedback from Parents


“Very helpful, Many thanks! Learning Cafés are a brilliant idea and really help you to get involved with your children’s schoolwork.” SS

“The workshop was really useful and I think I can use the information shared with my daughter. Thank you.” GC

“Really informative and useful. Lots of tips to help my daughter with her maths.” CS

“Great event. All clear now why R works things out the way she does and not the old fashioned way I do. Thank you.” DM.

“It’s useful to know the methods being used in class. It’s so different to the methods I was taught  – but I can see now that there are advantages – especially using tools  / equipment to help them.” SK

“The information you are given is helpful to help your children. Just a shame more parents don’t come.” CC