Fay Lewis, Amanda Wilkinson and Marcus Witt, all Senior Lecturers in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol have written a new book Mastery and Depth in Primary Mathematics which gives teachers practical strategies for developing mathematical thinking in the classroom.
Dr Lewis writes that the UK National Curriculum is clear about the importance of reasoning and problem-solving in mathematics. Mastery and Depth in Primary Mathematics aims to show teachers how to embed mathematical thinking into their lessons. The book focuses on practical and actionable ways that primary teachers can develop their children’s mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving: through taking everyday mathematical classroom activities and tweaking them to enrich the mathematical experience and outcomes for children.
The book covers a range of areas in mathematical thinking such as reasoning, problem-solving and pattern-spotting, as well as systematic and investigative thinking. Each chapter provides clear examples of how teachers can make small, manageable ‘rich tweaks’ to their existing lessons to increase the opportunities for children to develop their mathematical thinking. Teachers will be able to dip into the book and find inspiration and ideas that they can use immediately and, importantly, develop a set of principles and skills which will enable them to take any mathematical activity and tweak it to develop their pupils’ thinking skills.
The authors think that this practical guide will be invaluable to all trainee, early-career and established teachers that wish to enhance their primary mathematics teaching.
Mastery and Depth in Primary Mathematics is published by Routledge and is available from 25th January 2022.
Fay Lewis, after completing her PhD and PGCE, worked for almost 15 years as a teacher in primary schools in Yorkshire, Somerset and Bristol. Fay now leads the Masters in Education programme at the University of the West of England, where she also teaches about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to undergraduate and postgraduate students training to become primary school teachers.
Amanda Wilkinson worked as a primary teacher in Manchester and Oxfordshire for several years. She was a specialist mathematics teacher and later worked as a mathematics consultant. Amanda became a senior lecturer in primary mathematics, first at Oxford Brookes University and now at the University of the West of England.
Marcus Witt began his teaching career in an international school in South India, before moving to a school in rural Kentucky. He completed his PGCE in the UK and after several years teaching in primary schools, moved to teacher education at the University of the West of England.