Teaching for Mastery

  • Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
  • The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.

Key principles include:

  • A rejection of the idea that some people just cannot do maths.
  • Whole class teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content – leaving no pupil behind.
  • Use of early intervention to ensure that pupils who struggle to grasp a concept are ready to move on in subsequent lessons.
  • Lesson design ensures that learning is built in small steps, while learning is clearly sequenced and identifies key points and areas which pupils are more likely find difficult.
  • Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.
  • The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained. This is supported by the use of well-chosen manipulatives and representations.
  • A central element, which underpins Teaching for Mastery, are the Five Big Ideas. The diagram below shows how these ideas are bound together.

Latest news from CODE Maths Hub

CODE Catch-Up Christmas 2020

CODE Catch-Up Christmas 2020

All of us here at CODE hope that you had as good a summer break as you could during these strange and challenging times. As we start the new academic year we continue to be as passionate as ever about supporting mathematics for young people in our area. We’ve modified some of our planned activity which will mean that initially a lot of our work will take place online. We hope, if the situation surrounding COVID allows, that we will be able to resume face-to-face sessions late in the Spring or Summer term.

CODE Catch-Up Autumn 2020

CODE Catch-Up Autumn 2020

All of us here at CODE hope that you had as good a summer break as you could during these strange and challenging times. As we start the new academic year we continue to be as passionate as ever about supporting mathematics for young people in our area. We’ve modified some of our planned activity which will mean that initially a lot of our work will take place online. We hope, if the situation surrounding COVID allows, that we will be able to resume face-to-face sessions late in the Spring or Summer term.

CODE Catch-Up Summer 2020

CODE Catch-Up Summer 2020

Wow – what a strange and busy year it has been! So much has happened which we couldn’t have anticipated and during these exceptionally challenging circumstances some of our activity has inevitably had to be changed and adapted. Having said this, it is testament to everyone involved in the CODE hub and their desire to improve teaching and learning in mathematics for all young people that we have continued to offer a programme of support and development. Thank you.