At Castle Hill, we want to make mathematics exciting, relevant, and accessible to all. Our aim is for all children to become fluent mathematicians, who can approach a concept in a number of different ways. Through the use of our 5 part mastery flow model, we broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in real life, enabling our pupils to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking.
One of our Learning Knights, Knight Thinks A Lot, absolutely loves maths! He helps to guide the children through our mastery flow and challenges and supports the children along the way.
Stage 1 of our mastery flow is called ‘Show’.
During ‘Show’, all children get to experience exploring an area of maths using concrete equipment. This means that every child gets to be hands on with equipment and begin to develop their understanding through doing. Using manipulatives allows children to build solid foundations for the next step in the flow.
Stage 2 of our mastery flow is called ‘Do’.
‘Do’ is where children get to do lots and lots of practising! Through carefully progressive questions, the children practise the skill they have learnt in a whole variety of ways. This helps the children to become fluent in that skill and continue to develop their understanding and forms the foundations for the next stage.
Stage 3 of our mastery flow is called ‘Think’.
This is one of Knight Thinks A Lot’s favourite stages! During ‘Think’ children begin to explain their understanding. The children will use the skill they have become fluent in during the ‘Do’ stage and apply it to lots of different problems and use reasoning skills to develop their answers.
Stage 4 of our mastery flow is called ‘Solve’.
Here the children are further extended. The questions in this stage enable children to explore different misconceptions and to deepen their understanding of the taught concepts. Solve also allows the children to bring in skills from similar areas of mathematics, such as linking pie charts to percentages.
The final stage of our mastery flow is called ‘Master’.
In this fifth stage, the children learn to solve rich and complex tasks which build together many areas of mathematics. Master tasks often include extended problem solving tasks which can be solved in different ways or have many possibilities.