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Maths at Birchen Coppice


At Birchen Coppice Primary Academy, the Teaching for Mastery Approach is beginning to be rolled out - currently taught in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6. We are taking this approach as we need to close the gap that many of our pupils have. As teachers, we need to ensure that our pupils have a deep understanding of the basic concepts within mathematics - this will enable pupils to achieve confidence and comptency in mathematics.

In order to achieve this, we must ensure that we have a curriculum that is fully inclusive of all children which:

  • Develops children's fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Develops children's understanding of conceptual and procedural knowledge
  • Ensures that pupils can communicate their understanding to peers
  • Give pupils opportunities to apply their mathematics to different contexts and make links between learning.
  • Ensures that differentiation is clear through scaffolding and questioning to support and challenge learning of concepts.

In accordance with the National Curriculum (2014), we aim to provide children with a deeper knowledge and understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. There will be a phased roll out of the Mastery Approach, which will begin with key year groups, and we will support these teachers to plan effectively to ensure our pupils reach the expected standard. Learning sequences are developmental and a good proportion of time will be spent securing the key concepts. Teachers will use their own judgment about when to move on from learning and when to revisit concpets of learning through interleaving. As we secure this approach, we hope that a large majority of our pupils will progress through the curriculum at a similar pace. This will be closely monitored to identify any issues.

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