Busy Ant Maths: A Mastery Approach

In Mastery approaches to mathematics and the new national curriculum, the NCETM outline 5 principles and features that characterise a mastery approach. These characteristics are embedded throughout the entire Busy Ant Maths scheme.  Find out more below or read Busy Ant Maths and a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of mathematics by Busy Ant Series Editor, Peter Clarke. You can also read Peter’s latest article The Busy Ant Maths Guide to achieving mastery which outlines the principles and features of mastery.

Busy Ant Maths Pupil Books and Activity Books ensure that all pupils work on the same mathematical domain (topic) and the same National Curriculum Attainment Target (objective).

  • All pupils are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics.

Progress Guides provide support and extension activities, to raise attainment for all pupils and ensure rapid progression for pupils who need extra practice.

Stretch and Challenge challenges your more able pupils by deepening their mathematical understanding

  • Pupils progress through the curriculum at the same pace.

Busy Ant Maths Teacher's Guides provide progressive, step-by-step programmes designed to ensure key concepts are reviewed and practised regularly.

Digital resources on Collins Connect provides an online Planning Tool which enables you to adapt medium-term plans to suit your needs. Plus, you can plan, teach and assess pupils’ mastery of attainment targets using the Domain view.

  • Methodical curriculum design with carefully crafted resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.

As well as four specific detailed lesson plans, each week the Teacher’s Guides provide a bank of four ‘Learning activities’ to allow pupils to further practise and consolidate their understanding.

  • Practice and consolidation play a central role.

As well as four specific detailed lesson plans, each week the Teacher’s Guides provide a bank of four ‘Learning activities’ to allow pupils to further practise and consolidate their understanding.

  • Precise questioning used to regularly assess pupils conceptual and procedural knowledge

Assessment Guides provide diagnostic, formative and summative assessment to assess individual pupils’ level of mastery and identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Test Packs contain practice tests that will support you in making a decision as to whether or not a pupil has achieved mastery of the programme of study for each year group