Normanton Common Primary Academy

Working Together to Inspire and Achieve

01924 890 576

Castleford Road, Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 1QU

Our Calculation Policy

At Normanton Common we have adopted a mastery approach for the teaching of mathematics. Underpinning this pedagogy is the belief that all children can achieve well in maths lessons. We believe in promoting sustained and deepened understanding by employing a variety of mastery strategies, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do. We aim to create independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to wider learning.

Teaching for Mastery aims to provide all children with full access to the curriculum, enabling them to achieve confidence and competence – ‘mastery’ – in mathematics, rather than failing to develop the maths skills they need for the future.

Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics, greater depth
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • Research -based curriculum
  • Objects and pictures always before numbers and letters
  • Problem solving is central
  • Calculate with confidence– understand why it works

Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by using a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening numerically.

We apply this through the implementation on the White Rose Hub Scheme of work. The White Rose Maths schemes of work provide sequential programmes of study underpinned by promoting fluency in number. They emphasise that all pupils must have a thorough grounding in the four basic rules of number before progressing on to the next level. This complete understanding gives pupils more confidence in dealing with number activities and in turn, leads to mastery of the four operations.

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  • Early Stages in Calculation
  • Progression in ADDITION strategies
  • Progression in SUBTRACTION strategies
  • Progression in MULTIPLICATION strategies
  • Progression in DIVISION strategies
  • Formal Abstract methods taught