Alfred Street Junior
Junior School

Telephone: 01933 353762

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Our aim at Alfred Street Junior School, is for all children to enjoy mathematics and have a secure and deep understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and procedures when they leave us to go to Secondary school. We want children to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject.

In September 2019, Alfred Street Junior School began transitioning towards a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The principles of Mastery are in line with our views of how we want our children to learn: high expectations for all children, well planned and structured lessons, leading to the development of fluent and able users of mathematics.

As a school, we follow the blocking sequence from the White Rose Hub, to build children's depth of understanding when teaching each mathematical skill.

At the beginning of a Maths lesson, our children are exposed to a mental oral starter, which consolidates previously taught learning. This is to ensure prior knowledge is consistently drawn upon. In addition to this, teachers use the White Rose Maths Hub Mastery documents to ensure that we have both breadth and depth across our Maths curriculum.

We understand that this needs to be a gradual process and will take several years to embed. The rationale behind changing our approach to teaching mathematics lay within the NCETM Maths Hub Programme. We joined the East Midlands South branch of the Maths Hub in 2019.