The NCETM’s new online materials to help primary teachers judge whether pupils have developed mastery of the maths curriculum have been downloaded more than 35 000 times in little more than a month.
The resources, published at the end of the summer term, were constantly in demand throughout August, and the download rate has started to rise sharply now the new term is getting underway.
The materials were written by a group of primary mathematics experts and primary teachers working through the Maths Hubs programme, and led by the NCETM’s Director for Primary, Debbie Morgan, with collaboration from Oxford University Press.
They are divided into six sections, one for each of Years 1 to 6 inclusive, and mapped against key topics of the National Curriculum.
Each document contains two categories of mathematical questions, tasks and activities: one designed to help assess mastery of a concept, to which all pupils should aspire, and one to assess mastery with greater depth.
Comments from teachers on the NCETM website reflect how the materials have already been well-received.
‘Many thanks for developing and sharing these. They will be useful for maths teachers in all sectors and age groups’
‘Extremely useful for explaining mastery to my colleagues!’
‘Perfect! Thank you so much for publishing these…they will really help us understand the various degrees of mastery and depth.’
‘These documents will be so useful in assessing exactly how secure pupils are against objectives, making it much easier for teachers to assess and show progression.’
Debbie Morgan, the NCETM’s Director for Primary said:
‘We’re delighted that the materials have proved so popular. We hope they will be part of every primary teacher’s toolkit, giving them reliable help in assessing their pupils’ understanding and progress.’