At Place Farm Primary Academy, we teach Maths through an engaging and accessible style, using the Mathematics Mastery programme. Mathematics Mastery was developed by the ARK schools and inspired by Maths teaching from Shanghai and Singapore. At Place Farm Primary Academy, Mathematics Mastery has been implemented in Years 1 – 5, and will be adopted in Year 6 in September 2017. Our local Secondary Schools also follow Mathematics Mastery.

The Mathematics Mastery curriculum follows the National Curriculum objectives and has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics.  It provides children with a deep understanding of the subject through the use of a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This ensures children fully understand what they are learning, and are able to explain their methods.

Mathematics Mastery provides fewer topics to be taught at a greater depth, and aims for children to calculate equations with confidence. Reasoning is a central part of the curriculum, which is underpinned by a strong understanding of number and place value. The lessons are taught in six parts, enabling children to explore and discuss concepts with their peers, before working independently. This is valuable in ensuring the children have a secure understanding of a new concept.

To reinforce our teaching of Mathematics Mastery, there are ways to support your child at home;

  • Practicing multiplication tables
  • Exploring telling the time
  • Weighing and measuring
  • Playing money focused games (shops)
  • Playing board games (Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly)
  • Looking for shapes
  • Discussing the days of the week and the months of the year

Curriculum Maps for each Year Group can be found by clicking on the links below.

Miss Pilsworth is the Mathematics Mastery subject lead at Place Farm Primary Academy, and can be contacted for information. 

There is also a wealth of information available on the Mathematics Mastery website, please visit:

Curriculum Maps