What is Mastery and Greater Depth?
There is no one definition (or thinking) of mastery and greater depth.
It has been said that "mastery learning is deep learning that sticks, can be recalled over time etc. It is necessary to have deep learning in order to meet the key objectives. In essence, in order to meet the objectives securely children need to have mastered them" (Clive Davies)
Mastery is about obtaining greater levels of learning and for children to be able to apply that learning in a variety of contexts. Working at greater depth is when children can transfer that learning , apply it in different contexts and can explain their understanding to others.
Greater depth learners are expert at forming patterns, relationships and connections between knowledge, skills and their application. This calls for skilful questioning but also repeated modelling and scaffolding which helps learners develop their understanding about the ‘why’ of learning.
Expert chess players remember more pieces ‘in play’ because they link pieces with strategy and movement. They are big picture thinkers. Here, at Rimrose Hope, we want our children to be big picture thinkers!
FrogPlay is an oline programme which allows our pupils to learn through quizzes, games and reports - making learning more engaging and effective!
The children are set weekly homework challenges on FrogPlay. Completing the tasks is a fantastic way for pupils to engage in new information and can help chidren to master new content and knowledge. We are proud to offer our children this wonderful resorce and it is one of the tools we use to support mastery at Rimrose Hope.