Queen Margaret Primary School

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Maths Mastery

Our Vision

We believe that mathematics is an integral part of learning that embraces every aspect of life.  We want all of our pupils to experience all aspects of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject. 

We encourage a growth mindset in our children and embrace the making of mistakes as a perfect tool for learning.  We provide a wide range of opportunities to broaden pupils’ knowledge and deepen their understanding of mathematics.  We strive for all pupils to believe and achieve and recognise themselves as mathematicians.  


Our Intent

We aim for all pupils to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. 
  • solve problems by applying their understanding to a variety of problems, including in unfamiliar contexts and model real-life scenarios, preparing them for later life.
  • be self-motivated in seeking challenges and have a resilient approach to working.
  • believe that mathematics is something we can all do.

Mastery Approach

At QMPS, we adopt a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics in line with the National Curriculum (2014). Our ethos is that all children can find success in the study of maths and become confident mathematicians. At QMPS, we teach skills to ensure that our children are resilient learners who become life-long mathematicians and we aim to do this through the high-quality teaching of a stimulating and engaging maths curriculum. We promote children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. We ensure that challenge is provided for all children, whatever their understanding.  Our maths lessons promote a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject, so that children become fluent in calculations; possess a growing confidence to reason mathematically and hone their problem-solving skills, recognising that these three areas are equally important. 


At QMPS, we believe that it is key for children to develop a comprehensive understanding of fundamental mental skills which underpin much of the mathematical concepts in order for pupils to be able to build on their mathematical knowledge, year on year. Our daily Ready, Steady, Maths! session help us to achieve this.