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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

An enriching education in a welcoming Christian environment


Our school vision

"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118 


Our curriculum vision for Mathematics - Our Intent

We believe that every child can achieve in maths by developing growth mind sets and encouraging, hard work, practice and resilience, using mistakes as learning opportunities. We follow the mastery approach and the school works closely with the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Maths) with involvement in Teacher Research Groups to develop an interactive maths curriculum which allows children to deepen their understanding as far as they can.

Our mastery approach means that children are enabled to acquire a deeper understanding  of maths concepts, one step at a time in lessons that embrace the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (C-P-A) approach,  building on prior learning and helping them to see patterns and connections. Same-day ‘Keep Up’ interventions, if needed, support children’s progress. Precise use of mathematical language allows children to deepen their understanding as far as they can.

We try to bring maths to life with a range of cross curricular investigations and whole school themed days such as ‘Where’s the Maths?’ where children look for different aspects of maths in the world around them or through art.


Read this useful blog which explains the rationale of the mastery approach: