Mastery Maths at Pinders - 2016-17 Journey
In 2016, Pinders began its journey towards mastery of mathematics, with support from the White Rose Maths Hub. A mastery approach aims for children to attain a deep understanding of a skill in maths so they can do things such as: apply it to word problems, talk about it with the correct language and even help others! We use the Maths No Problem books to support our learning. Follow this link to read more about mastery in the Maths No Problem textbooks - click here.
Introducing Same-day Intervention
The year began with training for staff on our new approach to maths. Alongside the new textbooks, we changed the way that lessons were taught. The new lesson structure is below.
Lots of new resources were purchased so that children could experience mathematics 'hands on'. Many children find concepts difficult with numbers straight away, so pictures and objects can help them understand.
Training and the Bar Model
Some of the concepts in maths can be tricky to understand, so in order to help children visualise their harder word problems, staff were trained in the use of the bar model. The bar model gives a way of pictorially representing problems, as well as helping children see links between areas such as fractions, division and multiplication.
A document below explains about the bar model and how it works in each year group.
Working on the Pictorial
Sometimes concepts can seem very difficult when written down. Trying to visualise a problem can really help, so training was organised to help staff explain concepts to children using pictures to help, no matter what age! The maths policy, with the pictorial methods, is below to be downloaded.