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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.
This term we're running face-to-face workshops, where we'll help you untangle what mastery in maths means to you, what it might mean for the children in your class, and ways to approach teaching for mastery in maths in practice. The session will be a mix of presentation and hands-on activities.
Pop your details into this form to register your interest and your local consultant will be in touch.
Watch a webinar recording in which we explore different strategies for keeping the whole class together.
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.
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.
Looking for a maths programme to support you in teaching for mastery and inspire a genuine love of maths? Abacus is carefully crafted to do just this, and includes some brand new mastery tools too. Find out about Abacus.
We’ve partnered with NCETM to produce a video to support you in teaching for mastery. Watch this space - coming soon!