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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School



We believe that a Mastery approach to teaching Maths will ensure that all our pupils are helped to develop a lifelong love of learning through experiential and well structured lessons that help to deepen pupils’ thinking skills, develop confidence and fluency. Our pupils are actively encouraged to reason, questioning and exploring mathematical problems. We believe that mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We are developing teaching approaches that give pupils the best chance of securing both deep understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency in applying them.


Mastery in maths, according to the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM)means:

  • pupils acquiring a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject
  • The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths
  • Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

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