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Mastery Maths Teaching and Learning Philosophy at Goldington Green Academy

At Goldington Green Academy we pride ourselves in our innovative and forward thinking pedagogy and curriculum.

As a result of researching different models and styles of Maths pedagogy and the positive impact on standards these have, our school has decided to adopt and adapt the Shanghai model of Maths Mastery.

In a Maths lesson at Goldington Green Academy:


Core Expectations in the teaching and learning of maths at GGA



Underpinning principles

  • Mathematics teaching for mastery assumes everyone can learn and enjoy mathematics.

  • Mathematical learning behaviours are developed such that pupils focus and engage fully as learners who reason and seek to make connections.

  • Teachers continually develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, working collaboratively to refine and improve their teaching.

  • Curriculum design ensures a coherent and detailed sequence of essential content to support sustained progression over time.

Lesson design

  • Lesson design links to prior learning to ensure all can access the new learning and identifies carefully sequenced steps in progression to build secure understanding.

  • Examples, representations and models are carefully selected to expose the structure of mathematical concepts and emphasise connections, enabling pupils to develop a deep knowledge of mathematics.

  • Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.

  • It is recognised that practice is a vital part of learning, but the practice must be designed to both reinforce pupils’ procedural fluency and develop their conceptual understanding.

In the classroom

  • Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, enabling all to master the concepts necessary for the next part of the curriculum sequence.

  • In a typical lesson, the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion, enabling pupils to think, reason and apply their knowledge to solve problems.

  • Use of precise mathematical language enables all pupils to communicate their reasoning and thinking effectively.

  • If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly, and gaps in understanding are addressed systematically to prevent them falling behind.

  • Significant time is spent developing deep understanding of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning.

  • Key number facts are learnt to automaticity, and other key mathematical facts are learned deeply and practised regularly, to avoid cognitive overload in working memory and enable pupils to focus on new learning.



Through adopting and adapting the mastery approach: exposing all children to all levels of learning, providing fluency opportunities, teaching children to solve problems using a wide range of strategies and providing children with reasoning opportunities; we believe that we are supporting all of our children in being the best that they can be.


Maths Policy

Times Tables Policy

Calculations Policy

Mastering Number - School Overview

Multiplication leaflet

Maths Curriculum Progression

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