NCETM Mastery Professional Development Materials
Subject knowledge is key to successful teaching for mastery, as well an understanding of the learning steps required and the order of those steps. These materials will assist you in your professional development and enable you to deliver teaching for mastery with confidence.
The curriculum has been split up into a small number of areas (or spines)
Spine 1: Number, Addition and Subtraction
Spine 2: Multiplication and Division
Spine 3: Fractions
Each spine is composed of a number of segments, and a recommended teaching sequence for segments across the three spines has been produced.
An explanation of the structure of these materials, with guidance on how teachers can use them, is contained in a Getting Started video which you might find helpful.
Unlike a textbook scheme they are not designed to be directly lifted and used as teaching materials. The materials can support teachers to develop their subject and pedagogical knowledge and so help to improve mathematics teaching in combination with other high-quality resources, such as textbooks.
Teaching for mastery is teaching that aims for deep and sustainable learning; learning that is rooted in an appreciation of the connectedness of mathematical ideas and based on an understanding of the underlying structures. It emphasises the need to go beyond being able to memorise facts and practise procedures and routines.
This requires teachers to ‘look through’ the national curriculum statements of content and descriptions of what students need to be able to do. We must discern what students need to be aware of and understand in order to do these things fluently. These materials therefore offer a more ‘fine-grained’ description of the key themes and big ideas of the curriculum.