This programme will develop solid number sense, including fluency and flexibility with number facts, which will have a lasting impact on future learning for all children.
The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes and progression through KS1 to support progression in the future.
Teachers will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children. They will reflect with other colleagues on their own practice, and refine skills through support and challenge within a community.
Participating schools will nominate three teachers to be the lead participants in the Work Group – one teacher from each of the three year group. These lead participants will be supported by central training and a wealth of pupil-facing resources.
There is an expectation that schools will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. Lead Teachers in schools will also contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.
Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group commit to the following expectations:
These new Work Groups will complement the existing teaching for mastery Work Groups, and are designed to support schools wherever they may be on the mastery journey, either helping to sustain teaching for mastery or acting as a stimulus to engage with teaching for mastery. They will also specifically develop the knowledge and practice of Reception year practitioners to ensure that all children develop a secure foundation in mathematics and are well prepared for teaching for mastery in KS1.
Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, with some support given to subject leaders and headteachers. This programme is open to all state-funded primary schools in England that have not yet engaged with the Mastering Number Programme. If oversubscribed, priority for places will be given to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children.
N.B Schools that are on the Teaching for Mastery programme (or eligible to join a Sustaining Phase Work Group, having once participated in the Teaching for Mastery programme) are expected to prioritise these commitments unless they can demonstrate the capacity to do both. Schools that have not yet engaged with the Primary Teaching for Mastery programme are welcome to apply.
Mastering Number is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme, so is free to participating schools.
More information about the Mastering Number Programme can be found on the NCETM Website.
We are no longer accepting applications for this Work Group for 2023/24, however applications are now open for 2024/25, follow the link below for further information.