Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School


The Mastery Approach

Our approach to teaching Maths at Hutton Cranswick CP School


Using the core content from the White Rose Maths Programmes of Study, we aim to provide children with deeper knowledge and understanding of mathematical procedures and related concepts.  Learning sequences are developmental and, depending on the concept, a good proportion of time will be spent securing key learning. Teachers will use their judgement about when it is the right time to move on. 

Maths learning in our school will include:

  • Whole class direct teaching with clear and progressive modelling of concepts and procedures with sequences of varied examples
  • The consistent use of core manipulatives and representations to support ability to access learning and to deepen children’s understanding
  • Rehearsal of core facts and strategies through the development of frequent ‘intelligent rehearsal’ 
  • Rich mathematical talk is given high status and supported by the learning environment and teachers’ questioning
  • Emphasis placed on ‘learning’ through reasoning, developing multiple strategies and concepts towards understanding
  • Pupils ‘grappling’ with learning mathematical concepts
  • Challenge for pupils grasping concepts quickly is provided through depth and breadth of experience
  • A few areas of learning covered more deeply in a half term
  • Frequent opportunities to reason and problem solve

Differentiation is achieved through:

– adjustments to allow access to whole class learning or

– increase in challenge through adjustment of depth and breadth to whole class learning.


Mastery Maths places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. It embeds a deeper understanding of maths by utilising 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. 


The principle of the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach is that for children to have a true understanding of a mathematical concept, they need to master all three phases. Reinforcement is achieved by going back and forth between these representations. 

Maths Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview 

White Rose Hub - Long Term Plans 

Year Reception 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 

Year 4 

Year 5

Year 6 

Calculation Policies


Addition and Subtraction 

Multiplication and Division 

To support your child at home please ensure they complete tasks on our online platforms - Numbots, TT Rock Stars and Mathletics. More information can be found in the parents/carers section under the tab 'Homework'.