Carlsberg don’t make teaching schools, but if they did, I’m beginning to suspect that Trinity Academy in Halifax is what they’d come up with. Back in May at a conference I heard vice principal, Tony Staneff, explaining their mastery-led assessment system and I was impressed. Today I have received from the Maths Hub at the school, their excellent resources for organising and planning a primary maths curriculum based on the mastery principles.
I wrote back in April 2014 about how I was using a blocked approach to teaching mathematics, and plenty of people have asked me since then for my resources, or for long-term overviews. I’ve offered what I can, but the White Rose Maths Hub at Trinity have offered far more: a complete long-term scheme of learning for KS1 & 2, supported by excellent additional resources. And what’s more, it’s all free!
Firstly, let me say – as I’ve said before – that mastery has become something of a controversial and confused term. However, in this case they’ve got it spot on: mastery is for everyone, ensuring that all secure the key concepts and skills to allow them to explore things in greater depth.
So what’s available?
For each year group, they have put together an overview document setting out the suggested teaching blocks. This is broadly similar to the approach I took in my previous blog, but with much greater clarity, including the National Curriculum objectives to be covered in each phase. So far, useful indeed, but what really sets this resource apart is the supporting exemplification, which provide examples of the sorts of questions that support fluency, reasoning and problem-solving.
The resources are provided for every unit in every year group in a manner that helps teachers who feel confident with maths – and maths mastery – but will be a real boon to teachers new to the idea who will value the guidance on pitch and direction.
Opening each resource is a really useful guide to the key ideas behind mastery maths, including the all important use of the concrete-pictorial-abstract model, and some frequently-asked questions. It should help to explain the key messages for teachers new to mastery or who have heard mixed explanations about what it involves. It also pinpoints other useful resources from the NCETM.
And as if that weren’t enough… (I know, I’m beginning to sound like a cheesy advert), the maths hub is also working on assessment resources to accompany the scheme. These are due over the remainder of the term and should be a real bonus in supporting teachers to make accurate assessments that will really support teaching and learning.
***Update – October 2016***
The work has continued. The hub has now produced schemes and assessment resources for every term in every KS1-2 year group, and even schemes for mixed-age classes in primary!
But enough… request the resources for yourself and get started on that journey!