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Maths Curriculum 

In September 2017, Wye Forest Federation slowly began transitioning towards a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. We understood that this would be a gradual process and take several years to embed. The rationale behind changing our approach to teaching mathematics lay within the research of Guskey (2009) and Skemp (1976), the work of the research group of which our maths lead – Mrs Ricketts is a part of: Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme GLOW, the NCETM/Maths Hub led Mastery Specialist Programme as well as the 2014 National Curriculum, which states: 

  • The expectation is that most pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.
  • Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. 
  • Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.