The Mastering Number project in EYFS and KS1 has created a consistency of daily practice for pupils at basic number skills at a separate time to their normal daily mathematics lessons. The teachers have seen pupils take part in the daily sessions enthusiastically and, in particular, the introduction of the Rekenrek (an ‘abacus-like’ manipulative) has supported the pupils in talking about number with increased confidence as well as their ability to subitise. Subitising is when you are able to look at a group of objects and realise how many there are without counting. The sentence structure used within the sessions has deepened their understanding of vocabulary and supported the pupils in talking about mathematics.
For Key Stage 2, the introduction of 1:1 tuition for pupils in Year 5 and 6 has allowed us to give precise and focused support to raise attainment. Through careful selection of pupils and detailed question level analysis ensured that pupils who took part had carefully selected lessons and tuition and regular assessments has shown progress greater than the wider cohort.
Learning Impact Discussions (LIDs) were held with groups of pupils to ascertain their understanding, enjoyment and progress of each of these programmes. These were held at various points during the year and helped us to shape each of these programmes.