Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy
Church Balk, Edenthorpe, Doncaster
South Yorkshire DN3 2PP
Tel: 01302 884465
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Our Maths Page



Maths Statement of Intent


Teaching for Maths Mastery Approach Knowledge and Skills Progression


Teaching for Maths Mastery Approach Curriculum Planning Unit Overview


What is the Teaching for Maths Mastery approach?

Maths mastery is a teaching and learning approach that aims for pupils to develop deep understanding of maths rather than being able to memorise key procedures or resort to rote learning.

The end goal and expectation is for all pupils (with very limited exceptions) to have acquired the fundamental facts and concepts of maths for their year or key stage such that by the end of it they have achieved mastery in the maths they have been taught. At this point they are ready to move confidently on to their next stage of maths.

Mastery of a mathematical concept means a child can use their knowledge of the concept to solve unfamiliar word problems, and undertake complex reasoning, using the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

The core principles of conceptual understanding, language and communication and mathematical thinking underpin all aspects of the curriculum with problem solving at its heart and embedded in the planning and teaching of all units so that every child can enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Canon Popham’s Times Table Challenge!


Times Tables Rockstars

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds!

The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Table Rock Stars after 20 weeks!



Numbots is an on-line programme to boost addition and subtraction skills. It is about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction. Playing little and often will significantly improve a child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts which are critical foundations in maths. In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts of time over the week.



Our Maths Magic!