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Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers

Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers

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May 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book explores how mathematical mastery, influenced by East Asian teaching approaches, can be developed in a UK context to enhance teaching and to deepen children's mathematical knowledge. It gives guidance on using physical resources to demonstrate key concepts, extended examples on how to teach different curriculum topics and how to plan for small-step progression.

Key coverage includes:

- Key terminology in mastery-style teaching
- The challenges in implementing a mastery approach
- The use of manipulative resources for deeper understanding
- An analysis of mastery and related schemes of work currently available
- Assessing mastery
- How to apply mastery concepts in the early years
Chapter 1: The context for mathematics teaching
Chapter 2: What is mastery teaching at primary level?
Chapter 3: Key terms and features of mastery teaching
Chapter 4: Manipulatives: their purpose and use in a mastery approach to teaching
Chapter 5: Planning for small-step progression
Chapter 6: Mastery in the UK
Chapter 7: Teaching for mastery
Chapter 8: Planning and schemes of work
Chapter 9: School models for teaching mastery
Chapter 10: Assessment and mastery
Chapter 11: Early years mastery

Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers is carefully crafted to present a concise understanding of the key aspects of Mastery, and its clear links to the aims of our NC. Newell considers the synergy between Shanghai, Singapore and the UK approaches to mastery and welcomes the benefits that this approach could bring, whilst providing thought provoking consideration of the adaptations that will be necessary for maximum UK impact. Practice and theory merge seamlessly in this highly readable book.’

Jenny Field
Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Greenwich

With ‘mastery’ teaching in mathematics taking root in schools up and down the country, the need for an accessible, fuss-free book for classroom teachers, is overdue. This book fulfils that need with accessible and comprehensive discussion of the thinking behind mastery teaching and its practical implications. The book is not afraid to tackle some of the more difficult aspects of mastery teaching, including assessment and what mastery looks like in the early years.

Dr Marcus Witt
Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education, University of the West of England

Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers is a very welcome book highlighting the much-needed place of a mastery approach in our classrooms. Newell’s book is both accessible and detailed making it a great read for those embarking on or continuing the mastery journey. It is peppered with case studies enabling teachers to understand mastery in practice.

Louise Hoskyns-Staples
Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, University of Worcester

This gives an excellent context for mastery in mathematics in England and further afield.

Mr Drew Quayle
Faculty of Health , Social Care & Education, Anglia Ruskin University
August 19, 2019

I use this book to demonstrate a mastery in maths book. Useful to share with trainees. They make their own minds up.

Dr Judy Sayers
School of Education, Leeds University
May 15, 2020

This is an excellent exploration of the key features of Mastery Mathematics, providing an in-depth and balanced view. Case studies support the theory with relevant, accessible examples in practice.

Mrs Jo Skelton
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
December 29, 2019

This is a highly readable book, which explores the implementation of a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, its origins and the many benefits and challenges, which are all underpinned by theoretical perspectives and many thought provoking questions.

Mrs Gillian Parker
Department of Education, university of sunderland
July 9, 2019

Robert Newell

Robert Newell has worked at the Institute of Education (IOE) for 17 years; full time for the last eight. He works with Primary PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) trainees and Teach First participants. His career started as a primary school teacher, taking responsibility in maths in several schools before progressing to two deputy head posts and then a headteacher role.Primary maths teaching, though, has been his biggest passion. He has worked as a numeracy consultant and also delivered a PGCE Maths programme to a London SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training centre) for three years. He is now part of a small maths team... More About Author