Mastering Number

This project aims to secure firm foundations in additive relationships and the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2.

The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes and progression through KS1 to support progression in the future.

Teachers will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children. They will reflect with other colleagues on their own practice, and refine skills through support and challenge within a community.

 

What is involved?

Work Group lead participants will be supported by central training and resources. There is an expectation that they will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. There is also the expectation that they will contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

 

What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • develop skills in working in a professional learning community, reflecting with other colleagues on their own practice, and refining skills through support and challenge within a community
  • develop a secure understanding of how to build firm mathematical foundations with a stronger subject and pedagogical understanding for EYFS and KS1
  • work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for ALL children
  • develop understanding and their use of appropriate manipulatives to support their teaching of mathematical structures.

 

What are the expectations?

Participants will be expected to commit to the full programme of activities, including an expectation that they will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson.

 

The wider context

These new Work Groups will complement the existing teaching for mastery Work Groups, and are designed to support schools wherever they may be on the mastery journey, either helping to sustain teaching for mastery or acting as a stimulus to engage with teaching for mastery. They will also specifically develop the knowledge and practice of Reception year practitioners to ensure that all children develop a secure foundation in mathematics and are well prepared for teaching for mastery in KS1.

 

Who can apply?

Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, with some support given to subject leaders and headteachers. This programme is open to all state-funded primary schools in England. If oversubscribed, priority for places will be given to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children. N.B Schools in Mastery Readiness, Development and Embedding Work Groups for 2021/22 should prioritise their existing teaching for mastery commitments and therefore should not apply.

 

What is the cost?

Mastering Number is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme, so is free to participating schools.

 

Want to find out more?

More information about the Mastery Number Programme can be found:

  • on the NCETM website including a video clip of using a rekenrek.
  • in the programmes information and application form.

Interested?

These Work Groups have now started and we are no longer accepting applications. If you would like to express an interest in participating in 2022-23, please complete our expression of interest form