Here at St. Philip’s we have recently introduced the White Rose Hub mastery scheme of work.
The Mastery-learning model forms the basis of our approach to traditional teaching. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject as opposed to racing through the things that all children should know. Previously, racing through content lead to some children having large gaps in subject knowledge because the concept they had just learnt was either too big or learnt too quickly. As a primary school, it is our duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being emotionally resilient for secondary school.
Now, we have the confidence to take learning at a steadier and deeper pace, ensuring that no child is left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.
We focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group and not going beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something, it just means they have heard it.
At our school no child will be taught content from the year group above them, they will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways.
In short, this means working towards:
All of this means that there is a change in the way we teach and assess children, most notably in how we organise the children’s learning and how we report their progress to parents.
We will be doing more of this:
And less of this:
Formal testing of children weekly or termly This approach is seen as good practice. It is promoted by the government and seen as the best way to deliver the new national curriculum.
Planning the Mathematics Curriculum
Our aim is to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning.
Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. To support this aim, each area is segmented into skills which progress through the year groups. These skills can be found below.
Enjoying Maths at St. Philip's