Maths - Teaching for Mastery

Our Mission

By the time children leave Hillcross, they will be confident and efficient mathematicians with a deep understanding, prepared and ready for their next stage in education.

Our Vision

  • 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.

(NCETM, 2021)

Why are we Teaching for Mastery?

The focus is on the process rather than finding the answer. By taking this approach, pupils will be exposed to variation, reduce cognitive load and develop them as mathematicians whilst raising standards in attainment and progress

  • Pupils need to be secure with their fact fluency to create more efficient mathematicians.

  • Pupils will build on previous knowledge to make connections with their learning.

  • Pupils will think mathematically, deepening their understanding and developing their vocabulary. 

  • Pupils will learn better when given the correct representation to support their understanding.

At Hillcross, we recognise the importance of fact fluency and know that children need a secure understanding of number facts, including times tables, in order to be efficient mathematicians hence why this is one of our key focus areas of this academic year. We strive to provide children with plenty of opportunities to practise this and therefore, have introduced The Hillcross Times Tables Pledge:

In addition to this, as a school, we have also purchased Times Tables Rock Stars: an engaging, exciting, online platform where children can practise their times tables; compete in daily challenges; and participate in tournaments against their peers. Each week, as part of Maths Home Learning, children will be set multiplication and division facts by their class teacher which builds upon what they have focused on in lessons. 

 What does Teaching for Mastery look like at Hillcross?




How can you support your child with fact fluency at home?

  • Practise with your child in short, quick bursts.
  • Use solid items (Lego bricks, eggs, play-dough balls etc.) and pictures as well as abstract numbers to embed and deepen a child’s understanding of multiplication facts. 
  • Investigate links and connections between number facts. For example, how the 2 times tables link to the 4 times table and how the 5 times table link to the 10 times tables.
  • Create fun quizzes and games (including multiplication bingo, SNAP! Rock, Paper, Times Tables!) for children to play or discover and play online.

Please click on the images below to access these useful websites that you can use at home:





Hillcross Primary School, Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4EE

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