The 5 areas of maths mastery:


Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.

In St Nicholas Primary School we do maths meetings to improve Fluency:

What is a maths meeting?
What is it:
  • 15 minutes daily arithmetic/maths facts/vocabulary/mental maths on top of and before the maths
    lesson. This could be timetables, fractions facts or place value. Children will develop clear routines and will be able to run the lesson without support from the teacher.
  • The content is drawn from the 2014 National Curriculum. This teaches children exactly what they need to know and how to apply it. Extra information is gathered from assessments and class work.
  • Very little NEW stuff is taught, so children can children build up routines to and answer questions independently. This allow children to build confidence.
  • The session is fast and pacey, every child answers ever question and is therefore responsible for their own learning


    Variation is twofold. It is firstly about how the teacher represents the concept being taught, often in more than one way, to draw attention to critical aspects, and to develop deep and holistic understanding. It is also about the sequencing of the episodes, activities and exercises used within a lesson and follow up practice, paying attention to what is kept the same and what changes, to connect the mathematics and draw attention to mathematical relationships and structure.

    Representation and Structure

    Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation

    Mathematical Thinking

    If taught ideas are to be understood deeply, they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student: thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others.


    Lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually unfold the concept, providing access for all children and leading to a generalisation of the concept and the ability to apply the concept to a range of contexts.