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 secure firm foundations for later work in maths.
What is involved?
This programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1. Participating schools will receive central training (online and face-to-face) and a wealth of pupil-facing resources.
There is an expectation that schools will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. Lead Teachers in schools will also contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.
In this video, Debbie Morgan, the NCETM’s Director for Primary, explains the rationale for the programme and how the abacus-like rekenrek can be used to help children develop confidence and fluency with number. Use of a rekenrek is one element of the Mastering Number Programme.
Applications for 2023/24 Mastering Number
Closing Date is
30th March 2023
Who can take part?
Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers, one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – known as Lead Teachers. Some support will also be given to subject leaders and headteachers. Where appropriate, Lead Teachers are expected to support the other teachers in their year group.
This programme and its Work Groups are open to all schools that have not yet engaged with the Mastering Number Programme.
What is the cost?
The Mastering Number Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.
Rekenreks are also provided to participating schools.
What will you learn?
Your pupils will be able to clearly communicate their mathematical ideas
You will develop a secure understanding of how to build firm mathematical foundations
You will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children
You will develop understanding and use of appropriate manipulatives to support your
teaching of mathematical structures