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How can you implement a mastery approach in primary maths?
There are a lot of schools trying to adopt a mastery approach in the teaching of mathematics. This is a positive move, but does not always involve a complete change of your pedagogy. Here is an outline of the main elements of a mastery approach and how these can be incoporated into your planning.
Maths activities for sports day and the Olympic Games
Having maths activities linked to sports day is a great way to inspire children and put maths into a real-life context. There are opportunities to use small numbers with EYFS/KS1, calculate with 3-digit numbers for the track events for KS2 and try problem solving with weights. There is also a free to download sporting logic mystery.
Learning to tell the time - keep it simple
Being able to read the time quickly and accurately is one of the basic skills that we expect our children to crack when they are round about 7 or 8 years old. However, I feel we make it overly complicated and difficult to learn (and to teach). There are a few hurdles for children to overcome when reading an analogue clock, so I would suggest keeping it a simple process.
Problem solving activities - new resources online
Finding appropriate activities and maths problems can be time-consuming and tricky for teachers. Good problem solving activities should match specific learning objectives, should be purposeful and should also apply the skills, concepts and procedures previously learnt. To help with this I have been working on teaching activities and problem solving questions that match to specific maths topics for each year.