Principles and Beliefs
Points to consider:
- Staff understand that the essential idea behind ‘mastery in mathematics’ is that all pupils need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations which not need to be retaught.
- Staff proactively promote a ‘can do’ attitude to mathematics for all pupils.
- All pupils are encouraged to develop a growth mindset.
- Staff do not label pupils such as ‘good/no good at maths and ‘high/low ability’ (based on previous attainment).
- Staff believe that the vast majority of pupils can attain mastery of the key ideas in mathematics.
- Staff believe success is linked to effort hard work.
- Staff understand mastery of mathematics is not a fixed state but a continuum.
- Key ideas and building blocks are important for everyone.
- The class work together on the same key point, whilst at the same time challenging and supporting pupils to gain depth of understanding and proficiency.Acceleration to higher content is avoided.
Farmor's School Core Values Poster
Dave Bowman - Introduction to academic mindsets and mathematics
Dweck, 2008 - Mindsets and Math/Science Achievement
Youcubed Brain Science
ACSL Guidance: Mathematics Teaching for Mastery
NCETM: Jane Jones, Ofsted Lead for Mathematics, guest blog
NAMA: Five Myths of Mastery in Mathematics