Maths Mastery at Highfields

Highfields Spencer Academy will teach maths using the Maths Mastery approach. This approach supports progression throughout the primary years and has a strong concrete, pictoral, abstract (CPA) thread running throughout. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, dienes and numicon) before moving on to pictoral representations. This may mean using diagrams, sketches or using the Singapore bar model to solve problems. Approaching maths in this manner develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next move into abstract mathematics, such as long division.

At Highfields Spencer Academy, we believe children should take an active role in their learning. Maths lessons will therefore be designed to be interactive with a high level of pupil talk, allowing them to develop their mathematical understanding with their peers in real life context. To further develop this skill, each year group will take part in weekly reasoning lessons when their skills are used to develop understanding and problem solving, whilst learning to enjoy natural mathematical problems in the world around us.

Why focus on Maths Mastery?

Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.

Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

At Highfields we use the White Rose Schemes of work for Maths Mastery and resources from Pearson’s Power Maths programme. 

White Rose have developed amazing units of work for all year groups from Reception to Year 6. There is clear progression for all pupils and built in opportunities for assessment throughout the year.  

What is the White Rose team’s approach to Maths?

Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world, White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to train, guide, help and support all those who want to make change happen in their schools. 

Everyone can

Together, we’re building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress for all pupils. 

Our mantra is simple:

Through our Maths lessons we will be shaping assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They will become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.

We’re committed to working together to be and give the very best, and to make a difference to every pupil.

Power Maths – makes maths an adventure

Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer!

Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help staff to nurture confidence in maths. 

Power Maths makes maths an adventure. The only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning, it’s written specifically for UK classrooms by leading mastery experts, and is recommended by the DfE.

Power Maths in Reception for our littlest learners…

Power Maths Reception brings everything that schools love about Power Maths together with beautiful new resources tailor-made for Reception children. Developed in conjunction with White Rose Maths, Power Maths Reception is written by a team of Mastery Specialists and Early Years advisors.

  • Combines short, ten-minute bursts of maths teaching each day with plenty of practice through both guided activities and independent play.
  • Supports teachers in delivering teaching for mastery in Reception and covers the current and pilot Early Learning Goals.
  • Helps ensure a smooth transition to KS1, and a consistent approach across your whole school from Reception to Year 6.
  • An exciting growth mindset and problem solving approach develops mathematical curiosity and resilience.
  • Winner of a Bett Award in 2020 for Early Years Content.


Monitoring progress and understanding

Pupils will be assessed in Maths through ongoing teacher assessment and end of unit/ term assessments. White Rose and Power Maths have end of block and end of term assessments which staff will use to identify gaps in knowledge and informing future planning. 

Information from these assessments will form part of a termly assessment for each child and information will be shared with parents at regular points during the school year. Please see Assessment and Marking policy for more information.


  • Click here to view our Maths policy.
  • Click here to download the maths target tracker.