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At Stoke Prior First School a structured mathematics lesson takes place every day, which incorporates a variety of teaching methods and equipment, with oral and mental work and reasoning featuring strongly in lessons.  We aim for our children to enjoy maths and to give them the opportunities to become numerate, confident and competent learners who can use and apply their mathematical skills and knowledge to a range of questions and problems. 

Maths activities are planned to promote and extend knowledge of numbers, times tables, shape, space and measures and handling data.  To support our work we use a variety of resources, such as our scheme of work 'Master The Curriculum,' practical apparatus, Numicon resources, computer software and games.  Children at Stoke Prior find mathematics exciting and thoroughly enjoy practical ‘hands on’ lessons. 

Since September 2022, we have been part of the GLOW (Gloucestershire and Worcestershire) maths hub and we have been working with other local schools and maths practitioners to develop a 'mastery' approach to teaching maths in our school. The 'mastery' approach is based on the five big ideas which are:

Coherence - A coherent learning progression through the curriculum, providing a deep and connected understanding of maths that they can apply in a range of contexts.

Representation and Structure - Careful selection of how mathematics is presented to children in different ways such as through diagrams, images and practical apparatus e.g. counters, cubes, Numicon.

Fluency - Efficient and accurate recall of key number facts such as number bonds and times tables and being able to use them to solve problems. 

Mathematical Thinking - Looking for patterns and making mathematical connections through reasoning and conjecture.

Variation - Drawing close attention to a mathematical concept by varying and changing parts of questions.

More information about our maths curriculum can be found below in documents that support teaching and learning, including our 'Calculation Policy', which gives details and examples for parents of the calculations we use to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

There are also termly overviews showing what is taught each term, in each year group from Reception to Year 4.