Posted on 5th November 2021

Prioritising your primary maths curriculum with Mathematics Mastery

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1:41 PM, 5th November 2021
Prioritising your primary maths curriculum with Mathematics Mastery

In June, the DfE released their Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for education recovery guidance document. This offers suggestions to help schools decide how to prioritise elements within their curriculum for education recovery, based on best practice.

For maths, the guidance recommends:

When deciding what to teach to support education recovery most effectively, leaders can help all pupils by focusing on making sure they are fluent and confident in the facts and methods that they most frequently need in order to be successful with further study.

In the context of missed education, it remains crucial to take the time to practise, rather than moving through curriculum content too quickly. What pupils already know is key. Progressing to teaching new content when pupils are not secure with earlier content limits their chances of making good progress later.

The sequence of teaching mathematical content is also very important: gaps need to be filled before new content is taught.

The Ready to Progress criteria for Key Stages 1 and 2 shows how the curriculum can be sequenced and prioritised effectively. The guidance:

  • identifies the core concepts and procedures that pupils need in order to progress in their study of mathematics and shows how they can build their proficiency from year 1 to year 6
  • defines core content and concepts as ready-to-progress criteria, which provide a coherent, linked framework to support pupils’ mastery of the primary mathematics curriculum.

How does our Mathematics Mastery programme support you in prioritising the curriculum?

1. All our curriculum resources are mapped to the Ready to Progress criteria

Ready-to-Progress criteria references have been added to our Programmes of Study, to allow you to see how each unit links to the DfE guidance.

    2. As a complete curriculum provider, Mathematics Mastery provides your school with a comprehensive recovery curriculum.

    We have fine-tuned our programme to further support you and your pupils on the route to recovery through.

      • Long term planning support – curriculum maps and programmes of study
      • Medium term planning support – units of work, coherently sequenced
      • Short term planning support – lesson-by-lesson guides and slides, with differentiated activities

      3. Our programme allows you to customise the curriculum to meet your pupils’ needs

      After a year of disrupted learning, pupils have an even more diverse range of needs than ever, so a ‘one size fits all’ abridged curriculum is not enough.

      Our comprehensive recovery curriculum tools will support you to adapt the curriculum to suit the specific needs of your pupils:

        Focus on key learning

        We’ve identified the critical knowledge and skills in each unit, to help you focus your in-class assessment and response on those, and we provide diagnostic assessments to inform and focus teaching to close the gaps.

        Pre-unit diagnostic quizzes

        “In the context of missed education, it remains crucial to take the time to practise, rather than moving through curriculum content too quickly. What pupils already know is key”

        DfE guidance

        We’ve got new checks at the start of each unit which will help you to identify if pupils have the necessary pre-requisite knowledge before they start the unit. Our response signposts allow you to close these gaps through booster units, lessons and pre-teach resources. These support your pupils to gain the knowledge and skills they need for success.

        Post-unit diagnostic quizzes

        “Progressing to teaching new content when pupils are not secure with earlier content limits their chances of making good progress later.”

        DfE guidance

        At the end of each unit there are further diagnostic assessments to evaluate what pupils have learnt, with advice on next steps. These support you in deciding when to move on in our programmes of study and when to pause and consolidate learning.

        Adapted and differentiated tasks

        Our differentiated tasks offer you activities for increased support and increased challenge in every lesson. Ideas for depth are explicitly embedded in our activities alongside new opportunities to apply each lessons’ learning to a new problem in an unfamiliar situation.

        This supports you to select tasks that align with the support and challenge your pupils need in their route to recovery.

        Ready to Progress Interventions

        The Ready to Progress criteria…. guidance identifies the core concepts and procedures that pupils need in order to progress in their study of mathematics and shows how they can build their proficiency from year 1 to year 6”

        DfE guidance

        Aligned with EEF best practice on targeted academic support, our Ready to Progress Interventions provide you with high quality one-to-one and small group tuition materials. Each video includes an example intervention activity, modelling the key learning and providing a scaffold for guided practice. Pupils then work through the rest of the supporting activities across multiple intervention sessions, building fluency in understanding and application.

        This new bank of video-supported interventions can help you to target specific areas for the recovery of learning after Covid, and for targeted interventions beyond.

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