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In a primary maths context, ‘mastery’ is when a child has achieved a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, combined with genuine procedural fluency.
A child who has mastered a particular skill is able to apply their understanding of maths concepts and procedures to reason and to solve different types of problems, including where the skill is either embedded in a different context, or where a choice of method has to be made.
Some children will be able to achieve mastery with greater depth. This means that they are able to apply their understanding of a concept in a wider variety of contexts, some of which are more difficult and less obvious.
Download our handy leaflet which includes an update on mastery funding from the DfE.
Read our blog post on the bar model.
Watch a webinar recording in which we explore different strategies for keeping the whole class together.
Read a blog post on what we can learn from South Asian teaching practices and the opportunity we have to improve learning outcomes for children here in the UK.
Read NRICH's definition of mastery and the role it plays in nurturing young mathematicians.
Read 'The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery' by NCETM
Read a definition of intelligent practice by Maths Hubs.
Discover new Power Maths - Created in partnership with White Rose Maths and recommended by the DfE*
Find out how Abacus can support you in teaching for mastery and help inspire a genuine love of maths.