At Mallard Primary School, we intend for all children to develop a secure understanding of the skills and knowledge within the 2014 National Curriculum for England and we follow the Mathematics Mastery Curriculum.

Our Mathematics Mastery curriculum is cumulative - each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, which are then applied and connected throughout the school year to enable children to consolidate their learning. We aim for all children to “master” skills and concepts within their Maths learning.

At Mallard, we develop children’s understanding using a variety of concrete resources and manipulative such as Dienes, place value counters, Numicon and Cuisenaire, as well as using pictorial representations and developing abstract approaches. We focus on developing children’s mathematical problem-solving skills through building their conceptual understanding, language and communication and mathematical thinking. Questioning, discussion and dialogue are used to encourage children to explain, interpret and reason. We encourage our children to think mathematically by providing opportunities for them to use the language and vocabulary of mathematics and to practise their recall, thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. 

All Maths lessons are taught using the Maths Mastery approach. Each lesson involves 6 elements: Do now, New Learning, Talk Task or Let’s Explore, Develop Learning, Independent Task and Plenary. This structure enables all of the children to rehearse their Maths learning and vocabulary as well as enabling the teacher to question effectively in order to give useful feedback based on timely assessments. 

Do Now 

This is a quick task all pupils can access that revisits or consolidates prior learning or key knowledge and skills as an introduction to the mathematics lesson. 

New Learning 

The New Learning segment introduces the main mathematical concepts for the day’s lesson. 

Talk Task or Let’s Explore 

The Talk Task segment of the lesson practises the new learning. Children are encouraged to explain and discuss their understandings of mathematical concepts using key mathematical vocabulary. 

Develop Learning 

The Develop Learning segment builds on the new learning and develops a deeper understanding of the maths concepts of that lesson. 

Independent Task 

The Independent Task enables the children to practise and apply their learning independently through solving calculations and problems as well as reasoning. 


The Plenary segment recaps on the lesson, checking understanding and celebrating success. 


Furthermore, we believe that it is important to develop children’s number sense and skills to enable them to manipulate numbers mentally with increased agility and fluency. At Mallard, we use Maths Meetings to provide an opportunity to teach and revise 'general knowledge maths', which may not explicitly be covered during the Maths lesson. This means that pupils are practising concepts and skills on a regularly bases, meaning they are continually building on their mastery of these concepts. Math Meetings happen daily in each classroom and last roughly 10 minutes. 

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