The Ark Castledown Mastery Curriculum prepares our learners to be the fluent, confident mathematicians of the 21st century. It equips them with the problem solving, language skills and growth mindset they need to flourish in higher education or in a career of their choice.  

Our lessons engage, challenge and support all learners, to work through fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. Our mastery curriculum supports our whole school focus on oracy.  We continue to nurture our pupils’ love of maths and develop their curiosity to express their mathematical thinking in eloquent, appropriate ways. 

 

Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) representations are embedded into the mastery approach and teaching and learning at Ark Castledown. This supports learners in verbalising their mathematical thinking, exploring and connecting concepts and deepening their understanding. 

  • Concrete – Pupils have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them to understand and explain concepts. 
  • Pictorial – Pupils then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations which can then be used to reason and solve problems. 
  • Abstract – With foundations firmly laid pupils can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.  

At Ark Castledown, we also have an afternoon Maths Meeting. These meetings cover a variety of content, are fast paced and ensure engagement and enjoyment of maths for all. To continue learning outside of the classroom, we have ‘Maths Play’ for years 1-6 and ‘Sumdog Maths’ for KS2. 

 

Curriculum map

Here you can see the Whole School Mathematics Mastery Curriculum Map