Since mastery is what we want pupils to acquire (or go on acquiring), rather than teachers to demonstrate, we use the phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ to describe the range of elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering mathematics.
Mastering maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her to move on to more advanced material.
At Cedars we have been working very closely with the Central Maths Hub and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to move our teaching practices forwards. We ran workshops in the Autumn term to explain the changes to parents, but if you were unable to attend, the key elements of mastery are set out below;
- The essential elements of maths teaching for mastery are contained in this paper, published in June 2016
If you have any questions regarding our maths curriculum please just talk to Miss Glendinning, our Primary Maths Mastery Specialist Teacher.