What is our mastery model?

Mastery at Henwick is about a long-term approach to learning – how a child can master a subject from joining us in EYFS to leaving us in year 6. To enable this to happen, we have developed our own mastery model.

You know you’ve mastered something when you can apply it to a totally new problem or task in an unfamiliar situation.

Mastering a subject over time is different to learning about it in one-off lessons. While an hour’s lesson might be sufficient to say you have learned something new, mastery is a longer term investment.

There are three parts to our mastery model, which we apply to different subjects.

The first part focusses on variation.

Variation means children can explore a single concept in a wide variety of contexts. They will have the opportunity to use different models and approaches that explain and demonstrate that one concept. Looking at one skill or objective in different ways is key here.

The second part of our model is practice and clarification.

This involves giving children time to practise the concept they have learned about in various ways. This is crucial because it allows time for any misconceptions to be addressed and also for skills and objectives to be clarified further as needed.

The third and final part of our mastery model is application.

Once sufficient exploration and practice of a concept, skill or objective has taken place, and there is no need for further clarification, the next step is to apply the concept to a new context. Objectives, skills and concepts can also be revisited and taught through different contexts over time too.

Our subject leaders have used this model to identify what mastery looks like in each subject over time. Some examples of this are below:

What does mastery look like in different subjects?

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