In Key Stage 3 we follow a bespoke scheme of work designed by the Middle School Alliance, which fuses both the excellent schemes of work from White Rose Maths Hub and Kangaroo Maths.
Teaching for Mastery
These schemes of learning are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have been designed to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. Mastery of mathematics is a continuum. At each stage of learning students should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. Mastery is not about just being able to memorise key facts and procedures, this tends to lead to a superficial understanding which can easily be forgotten.
A good indication of when a student has mastered content is when they can deal with questions that link multiple topics together. For example:
1. Fractions with area, perimeter, collecting like terms,
2. Algebra with angles, area, perimeter, statistics…
The schemes of learning;
have number at their heart.
give teachers ideas for how to extend higher attaining students through depth rather than acceleration onto new content.
ensure students have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group
provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
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