Key Messages:

  • Small connected steps are easier to take.

  • Focusing on one key point each lesson allows for deep and sustainable learning.

  • Certain images, techniques and concepts are important pre-cursors to later ideas. Getting the sequencing of these right is an important skill in planning and teaching for mastery.

  • When introducing new ideas, it is important to make connections with earlier ones that have already been understood.

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Bank of Support

The NCETM have written some Teaching for Mastery Professional Development materials which break down learning into coherent small steps. The areas in the following three spines – Number, Addition and Subtraction Multiplication and Division Fractions
Small coherent steps in learning are evident in these video lessons produced by the NCETM when many pupils were not able to attend school. Many uses including with pupils or as professional development.