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Mastering Number at KS2

What is involved?

Knowledge of multiplication and division and its applications forms the single most important aspect of the KS2 curriculum, and is the gateway to success at secondary school. This project enables pupils in Years 4 and 5 to develop fluency in multiplication and division facts, and a confidence and flexibility with number that exemplifies good number sense.

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, from autumn term 2023 to summer term 2024.


Participants in the project will engage in all online professional development, including:

  • 3 national live online sessions (in the autumn 2024, spring 2025 and summer 2025 terms)

  • 3 local Work Group sessions (in the autumn 2024, spring 2025 and summer 2025 terms)

Lead Teachers will be provided with teaching materials to be used in Year 4 and Year 5, and are expected to use these resources for five short sessions each week, to develop children’s deep understanding and confidence of multiplicative relationships and automaticity of facts. They will also be expected to support colleagues in their own year group to use the materials effectively, and work collaboratively to use the resources with all Year 4 and 5 classes.

Lead Teachers will also be expected to engage with teachers from other schools through a local online community to reflect on their practice and the progress of their pupils. 

Who can take part?

This project is for schools that are involved in Mastering Number at Reception and KS1, and are also in a Sustaining Work Group. Lead participants from Work Group schools will be two teachers – one from each of Year 4 and Year 5. Support will also be given to maths leads and headteachers.

What will you learn?

  • Your pupils in KS2 will develop automaticity in multiplication and division facts through regular practice

  •  You will develop an understanding of how pupils progress in their knowledge and understanding of multiplicative concepts

  • You will work as part of a professional learning community to refine your practice

  • You and your school leaders will develop Mastering Number at KS2 as part of the curriculum in Years 4 and 5

What is the cost?

The Mastering Number Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools. 

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