Mastery in Upper Key Stage 2 for High School Teachers 

The Singapore approach is an exciting and effective way to teach maths. Through well-established teaching methods and the use of carefully researched text books, children are able to develop a love and deep understanding that allows them to master maths.

At St Mary’s C.E. Primary we have extensive training and experience of developing the Singapore approach with both our own students and other schools. We are part of the National Text Book Project, piloting the use of text books in primary schools and our maths lead is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) who leads the Primary Singapore Project for North West 1 Maths Hub.

This workshop is aimed at secondary maths teachers and secondary maths leads. It will focus on the mastery approaches being taught to upper key stage 2 pupils to embed and deepen their knowledge.
This workshop includes:
- a demonstration of a Year 6 Singapore maths lesson
- discussion with teachers and maths lead focussed on transition and how mixed ability teaching follows the mastery principles
- a workshop looking at the principles which underpin a mastery approach, and how these can be used in whole class teaching in order to secure and deepen mathematical understanding
- the opportunity to look at our text books and examples of children’s work and their journals

Fiona Hagsharfi joined St Mary’s in 2004 and currently is an Assistant Head teacher and Maths Lead here. Fiona has implemented the Singapore approach to maths, firstly in KS1 and EYFS and then into KS2 following an intensive programme of training and visits to Singapore. All teachers at St Mary’s have received the 3-day intensive training by Dr Yeup Ban Har.

St Mary’s is a strategic partner for the North West One Maths Hub. Through this St Mary’s was selected as a pilot school for the Text Book Project on which Fiona leads.

Fiona was part of the first cohort of Mastery Specialist Teachers trained by the NCETM. Mastery specialists are trained in a variety of South East Asian approaches, including the Singapore and Shanghai approaches. She is now a Mastery Specialist Lead for the North West One Maths Hub and runs both her own and supports other Mastery Specialists with their Teacher Research Groups. She also leads primary projects on behalf of the hub.

Fiona will be visiting Shanghai, and hosting teachers from Shanghai as part of the Shanghai exchange programme to deepen her understanding of the different South Asian approaches to maths.

Fiona has a wealth of experience is developing ‘Lesson Study’, both as internal professional development for staff at St Mary’s and in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

Fiona is a NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead and also delivers training to others working towards this accreditation. She is a designated Specialist Leader of Education for maths through the NCTL.

Our next scheduled Mastery in Upper Key Stage 2 for high school teachers workshop is scheduled to take place on Thursday 27th June 2018. Registration is at 8:45 for a 9am start. The workshop will finish at approximately 12noon.

The price of this workshop is £90 per delegate.


Please contact Rachel Eppy on 0161 226 1773 or with any queries or booking issues.