At Ashchurch, Maths is taught in single year groups throughout the school.  This means that our groups are small and can be personalised to meet each individual's needs.  Teaching assistants support the learning in groups where they will have maximum impact and this deployment is regulalry reviewed.

Teaching for Mastery

Our yearly overviews:

  • have number at their heart.  A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.
  • ensure teachers stay in the relevant key stage and suport the ideal of depth before breadth.
  • ensure students have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group.
  • provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.

Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract

When introduced to a new concept, children should have the opportunity  to build competency in this topic by taking this approach.

Concrete: Children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial: Students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations.  These pictorial representations can then be used to reason and problem solve.

Abstract: With the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach, using numbers and key concepts with confidence.

Fluency - Reasoning - Problem Solving

We make use of the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning which provide exemplification for each of the objectives of the national curriculum.  Each objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, which are the key aims of the curriculum.  


Assessments are carried out at the end of each term to review the material covered that term.  Each assessment is made up of two parts:

  • Part 1 - fluency based arithmetic practice
  • Part 2 - reasoning-bsed questions.

These assessments are formative and are designed to give teachers a better understanding of what has been understood from the work taught that term, and to inform the planning of future learning.

Everyone Can Succeed

We firmly believe that all students can succeed in Maths. We don't believe that there are individuals who 'can do Maths' and those who 'can't'.  A positive teacher mindset and strong subject knowledge are key to pupil success in Maths.

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Ashchurch Primary School

Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury,

Gloucestershire GL20 8LA

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Headteacher: Richard Gibson

01684 292376

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