A Mastery approach to Maths

At Stondon Lower School we follow a mastery based curriculum for Mathematics. You will notice these key features when observing the learning around our school:

· Common misconceptions are addressed and planned for


At Stondon Lower we strive to demonstrate a set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.


At Stondon Lower you will see happy, engaged and enquiring learners. This will ensure:


· Deep and sustainable learning.

· The ability to reason about a concept and make connections.

· The ability to build on something that has already been mastered.

· Conceptual and procedural fluency.


Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It involves knowing ‘why’ as well as knowing ‘that’ and knowing ‘how’. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.


At Stondon Lower we believe that a pupil really understands a mathematical concept if they can:

· Describe it in his or her own words and explain it to someone else;

· Represent it in a variety of ways (the CPA approach);

· Make up his or her own examples;

· See connections between it and other facts or ideas;

· Recognise it in new situations.


Please see below the following links for more infomation on Maths Mastery and the curriculum.


Maths Progression 

The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery

Primary National Curriculum