At Eastfield Primary School we use a mastery approach to teaching maths. We do this through Inspire Maths. It is a whole-school primary maths programme that provides everything needed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning mathematics, and meet the higher expectation of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Inspire maths is based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools. It works by using accessible pupil textbooks to introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians.
At Eastfield we want our children to receive a high-quality mathematics education to help ensure that all pupils are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, have the ability to reason mathematically and can apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems. We also want them to have an appreciation of the power of mathematics and a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject.
It is one of only 2 schemes of work approved by the DfE and NCETM. Inspire is a sustained and consistent scheme with a carefully designed spiral progression and an emphasis on a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
At Eastfield we have high expectations of every child and are committed to closing the attainment gap and ensuring that no child is left behind. As such, our expectation is that the large majority of pupils will progress ‘through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.’ Ofsted Handbook September 2015.