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.
Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.
Five Big Ideas in
Teaching for Mastery
Five Big Ideas underpin teaching for mastery in both primary and secondary schools. These are coherence, representation & structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and variation.