# Maths Schemes - what do you use?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lauraaustin5, May 24, 2016.

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1. ### CerviniaOccasional commenter

How does it (or you) define the mastery approach out of interest?

This is something we're looking into but I feel I need more information.

4. ### Vince_UlamStar commenter

If you wish to buy into their pedagogy.

6. ### cellerdoreOccasional commenter

I echo what a few others say here... most maths schemes of work are a waste of money that can be better spent elsewhere. Hamilton plans are an easy starting point but a bit cumbersome. When we made our schemes of work we used the NC and just divided the topics up into a good learning/revision sequence and then slotted in our own planning. As someone who had been teaching Y6 maths for 5 years it took no time and had the added benefit of a clear lesson sequence and great supporting resources.

It must be said that before doing this we looked at many different schemes before deciding to do it ourselves but the pedagogy, teaching sequence and supporting resources were just not upto scratch. As a tiny example, divinding by 10/100/1000 only came in term 3 of the Y6 abacus scheme yet metric conversions were in terms one and two. Go figure.

I would recommend using free resources and your teachers own specialism to come up with the schemes of work (when I sold this to my team I first arranged an "armistice" on daily planning so we could write the SOW as we taught them). You can then use the money you save- about 2k for a 200 pupil school I think- to spend on Myimaths (greeeeat!), class textbooks for consolidation and practice (abacus are great) and concrete resources.

7. ### caterpillartobutterflyStar commenter

Collins Busy Ants has oddities like this as well. Does my head in the first time you use them because you don't know until you get there. If you haven't yet learnt your 4x table backwards and forwards and every which way, cancelling a fraction by dividing numerator and denominator by 4 is going to be nigh on impossible and working out how much four cartons of juice cost isn't going to work too well either.

I'm looking forward to following White Rose stuff next term...all the calculation work in the first term and then using it to do everything else for the rest of the year. Pretty much get the basics of number up to scratch before trying to do anything with them.

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8. ### caterpillartobutterflyStar commenter

Ignore the terrible grammar in the second sentence please! Only noticed now it is too late to edit.

9. ### cellerdoreOccasional commenter

I
haven't used white rose but this is exactly how we designed ours. Then we split some things up to consolidate the operations. So, when we were learning addition we did perimeter and when we were doing multiplication we did area etc. Also, we spent about 6 weeks on fdp and this makes a massive difference. From the start students see fdp as interrelated and after the six weeks they can choose a range of methods to answer questions rather than just parroting the ones you have taught them. Much deeper understanding.

Heard a lot about white rose- will have to have a look at it.