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 the concepts. 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
Maths Mastery offers all pupils access to the full Maths curriculum and encourages all children to develop a love of maths - we work hard to ensure the children understand they can all achieve!
DIFFERENTIATES THROUGH DEPTH RATHER THAN ACCELERATION
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 confident yet, are provided with additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
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 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.