A ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of mathematics

The first aim of the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) is “to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.”

To see how Busy Ant Maths incorporates the principles and features that characterise this mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics (as identified by the NCETM in its October 2014 paper), see this document.

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The NCETM has now released a set of online materials entitled Teaching for Mastery to help primary teachers judge whether pupils have developed mastery of the maths curriculum. They’ve been written by a group of primary mathematics experts and primary teachers working through the Maths Hubs programme, and are divided into six sections, one for each of Years 1 to 6 inclusive, and mapped against key topics of the National Curriculum. Each document contains two categories of mathematical questions, tasks and activities: one designed to help assess mastery of a concept, to which all pupils should aspire, and one to assess mastery with greater depth.

For a range of high quality assessment materials, covering every attainment target in the new programme of study, why not try the Busy Ant Maths Assessment Guides.

Assessment Materials

This document outlines Collins Learning’s assessment principles, and explores how they are manifested in our flagship primary maths programme, Busy Ant Maths.

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