The aim of our approach to maths, is to engage all children in a Maths Mastery approach to teaching and learning to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every child. Our goal is to achieve Mastery for all!- Deep, sustainable learning, with an ability to build on, reason and make connections, developing conceptual and procedural fluency.

Much of the focus is on hands-on, practical tasks, with an emphasis on discussion between students, and students and adults, to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. Working walls remain intrinsic within our approach: as a resource for teaching, a reference point and to inspire pupils. It also forms a record of the journey the children have experienced through their learning.

This approach was initially launched following Blackthorns joining the NCTEM & Sussex Maths Hub ‘Maths Mastery Pilot Project’. As a result we have two teachers who are part of the Sussex Teacher Research Group, which meets every half term, to promote and encourage the teaching and learning of Mastery Maths.