Teaching Mathematics for Mastery at Woodnewton – a learning community

At Woodnewton, we teach mathematics with a mastery approach from our Early Years all the way through to Year 6. This approach helps children to build a rich, deep understanding of mathematical concepts and be able to apply this learning across other subjects and beyond.


What do we mean by mastery?

The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that:

·        Future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which do not need to be re-taught.

·        There is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind

·        Children, who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised.

·        Children who grasp key concepts rapidly are challenged to deepen their mathematical understanding.