Curriculum Maths


In 2016/17, we ran a trial in maths lessons using a technique created by Ben McGarry at Outwood Education. His revolutionary approach to the teaching of mathematics was created after he observed the best teachers in the world over in Shanghai. He took what was working over there and created a new type of maths lesson incorporating some of their approaches with what could work here in the UK.

The children's responses at Worlaby have been very positive and the results at the end of KS1 and KS2 both saw improvements because of this approach. Instead of a one-hour lesson, where children learn a strategy and then show that they can understand that approach by answering mathematical questions, which the teacher then marks that evening, has been replaced with this format.

The main input begins at 9:30am and lasts for 40 minutes. This is based on the ‘teach-practise’ model, where basic and age related skills are demonstrated by the teacher before being completed by the children. This work is differentiated at Bronze (basic) and Silver (Age Related Expectation), and each of these are modelled to the class. During this 40 minutes, the children self-assess using their assessment fans to indicate where support is needed. This allows the teacher to identify those who are ‘red and amber’ (not confident and who are yet to meet ARE).

After this session, the class go to assembly, while the teacher marks the morning’s work. This identifies the groups for the SDI, and lasts for approximately 15 minutes. The children's morning break is scheduled for after the assembly so if the teacher is leading the assembly or is on break duty, all the maths work done in class has been marked before the children return to the classroom.

During the same day intervention, pupils who fully achieved the age related expectation are given related tasks to further embed their understanding and this work is overseen by the Teaching Assistant. Those that need extra support will work directly with the Class Teacher in a guided group. This lasts for approximately 20 minutes. During their independent tasks, children who are ‘green’ are able to Fast-Track by self marking their work in order to move on to the deeper learning tasks (Gold). At the end of the session, all children self assess their confidence against the success criteria and the academy learning model by using red, amber or green code in their book.

We also use the 'Three, Before Me' approach to encourage independent learning. Rather than feeling stuck and instantly putting their hand up for a teacher to come over, children are encouraged to have a go first, ask their partner/others in their group if they remain stuck or use the working wall/maths resources to help them identify a path through their initial struggle. If all three approaches still haven't helped them, then they ask for help.

The trials were incredibly successful and we are now keen to embed this approach across the whole school as it has raised their attainment, confidence and enjoyment within maths lessons.

Ask your child about same day intervention and how they now face maths challenges and difficult problems with a new confidence and a determination to succeed.




Thank you to those parents who attended the Maths workshops after school on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.

It is an exciting time to embrace the new curriculum, challenging children's thinking, setting exciting and fun mathematical investigations and allowing them to explore maths and explain their reasoning.

If you were unable to attend, please find the power points available to view here.

There are some great videos on Youtube that we didn't have time to watch. These links show how we can improve quick mental recall of times tables in KS1 and KS2 and the differences between teaching subtraction in Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.

In the future, we will invite you into school for practical workshops, where you will be able to witness your child's teacher in action, using these strategies to help your child to advance their understanding.

Multiplication (2x, 5x,10x) KS1

Multiplication Quick Recall KS2

Subtraction Lower KS2       

Subtraction Upper KS2