At Driffield Church of England Infant School we have high expectations for every child. Teaching mastery in maths is essentially the expectation that all pupils will gain a deeper understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in maths to be secure learning needs to be built on solid foundations.
WHOLE CLASS MOVES THROUGH CONTENT AT THE SAME PACE
When teaching mastery for maths, the whole class moves through the topics at broadly the same ;pace. Each topic is studied in depth and the teacher does not move to the next stage until all children demonstrate that they have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
TIME TO THINK DEEPLY ABOUT MATHS
Students are given time to think deeply about the maths and really understand concepts at a relational level rather than as a set of rules and procedures. This slower pace leads to greater progress because it ensures that students are secure in their understanding and teachers don't need to revisit topics once they've been covered in depth.
BUILDS SELF-CONFIDENCE IN LEARNERS
In a traditional primary maths lesson, children are put in different groups and given different content based on their anticipated ability. This means that from an early age they are classed as those who can and can't do maths. Mastery is different because it offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum.
DIFFERENTIATES THROUGH DEPTH RATHER THAN ACCLERATION
Though the whole class goes through the same content at the same pace there is still plenty of opportunity for differentiation. Those who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic where as those who are not sufficiently fluid are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
Singapore Maths is a mastery approach to teaching based on significant research into the world class level of achievement in Singapore for many years.
HOW DOES A LESSON WORK?
The pace of the lesson is brisk with teachers constantly asking questions, inviting children to demonstrate, both to the class and their maths partner, quizzing them about their thinking. The lesson is made up of a range of short tasks, explanations, demonstrations and discussions. The children have lots of practice with short activities that subtly develop through small steps, to help reinforce learning. Every step of the lesson is deliberately purposeful and precise. If children are struggling with a concept then more time is spent supporting and building their understanding. Those who are stronger are also catered for and are able to deepen their understanding of the practice by being given challenging questions and tasks as well as demonstrating and explaining to the rest of the class.
The children are expected to learn key maths facts such as times tables and addition and subtraction facts (number bonds) to free up working memory and give them mental space to focus on new challenges. All children and their families are provided with a pack of what should be learnt at the beginning of each academic year.
Our children love to use 'Mathletics' an online maths programme that they can access at home and school help them learn key facts and reinforce the learning they have done at school.