Intelligent Practice

A key feature of teaching for mastery is the precise designing of pupil activities and practice questions, so that, rather than pupils repeating a mechanical activity, they are taken down a path where the thinking process is practised with increasing creativity. By working though the calculations in the example below, a pupil has to carry out the procedural operation of multiplication, but through connected calculations, has the opportunity to think about key concepts involving multiplication and place value.

2 × 3 =
2 × 30 =
2 × 300 =
20 × 3 =
200 × 3 =
6 × 7 =
6 × 70 =
6 × 700 =
60 × 7 =
600 × 7 =
9 × 8 =
9 × 80 =
9 × 800 =
90 × 8 =
900 × 8 =






The arrangement of these tasks and exercises draw pupils’ attention to patterns, structure and mathematical relationships, thus providing ‘intelligent practice’ and the opportunity to deepen conceptual understanding.