The school uses the White Rose Mathematics framework building upon the philosophy and approach of Singapore Mathematics pedagogy. Children’s chances of succeeding in education and life will be maximised if they develop deep and lasting procedural and conceptual mathematical understanding. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. Here are some of the main principles:
Whole class moves through content at the same pace
When teaching maths for mastery, the whole class moves through 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 the 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 or 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 school maths lesson, children are put in different groups and given different content based on their anticipated ability. This means that from an early age children are classed as those who can and can’t “do maths”. Teaching maths for mastery is different because it offers all pupils access to the full maths curriculum. This inclusive approach, and its emphasis on promoting multiple methods of solving a problem, builds self-confidence and resilience in pupils.
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. Unlike the old model, where advanced learners are accelerated through new content, those pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on.
Member of Maths Hub
Grasmere is part of the NE London maths hub. Teachers enjoy CPD opportunities and quality assurance and support from an outside maths specialist who works alongside the subject lead. This has shown more consistency and coverage in all classes. Our maths lead has also been accepted to become a hub specialist maths lead. Two other members of staff have had in depth training through the hub. This ensures there is a depth of knowledge around the mastery approach.
Our maths lead is Jennifer. Please speak to her if you require further information.
An example video illustrating one expectation around teaching mastery can be found here
More information about mastery can be found here: