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Mastering Number Programme

Supporting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to develop good number sense 
Project Outline

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future. 

Intended Outcomes of the Work Group
Pupil outcomes

Pupils will:

  • develop fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number that exemplifies good number sense
  • be able to clearly communicate their mathematical ideas
  • show confidence in exploring additive relationships
  • make good progress towards the Early Learning Goals and year group expectations
  • demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths demonstrate a willingness to ‘have a go’.
School Commitment

Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group commit to the following expectations:

  • The school will introduce Mastering Number in all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, in addition to their daily maths lesson (which could be shortened as a result of participation in this Work Group or replace the maths session in Reception)
  • Teachers will be expected to contribute regularly to Local Online Work Group activity, led by the Work Group Lead, reflecting on the implementation and impact of the programme, led by the Work Group Lead from autumn term 2022 to summer term 2023.
  • Participants in the project will engage in all online synchronous and asynchronous professional development, including three national live online sessions (in September/October 2022, January 2023, April 2023) and three local Work Group sessions (in the Autumn 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 terms). (Maths Hubs should decide whether local Work Group sessions are face to face or online.)
  • The school will provide any feedback required by the Maths Hub and participate in any evaluation processes required
  • The school’s leadership team will ensure attendance at programme events and will support Lead Teachers in their development of the wider staff.

School based work:

  • Each teacher (Reception, Year 1, Year 2) will work with children at least 4 out of 5 days per week, using the Mastering Number Programme to develop children’s deep understanding and confidence of additive relationships
  • Participating schools will have exclusive access to Mastering Number teaching resources that will support the teaching in each year group through the year
  • Lead Teachers in larger schools will lead planning and in school discussion/observation opportunities to support all teachers in understanding the teaching programme alongside the subject leader
  • The subject leader and headteacher will work together with the Lead Teachers to secure an understanding of the teaching programme and to inform future policy and practice development

Collaborative work:

  • EYFS/KS1 Lead Teachers, from each school, will engage in three online national sessions with the NCETM.
  • EYFS/KS1 Lead Teachers, from each school, will engage with pre-recorded support material in three Local Work Group sessions during the year, supported by the Work Group Lead

Lead Teachers will work together with the Work Group Lead in the local online Work Group to share practice, impact and challenges

This is a fully funded programme with our next Cohort starting in Autumn 22.  Whilst digital rekenreks are freely available online, schools taking part in the September start cohort of this programme may wish to consider purchasing class sets of physical rekenreks for Year 1 and Year 2 prior to the start of the programme.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so complete the application form below to be assured of a place.  Applications will close on Friday 8th July or sooner if places fill.

Application Form