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'Mastery' standard activities for KS1
Set activities in class to help your Key Stage (KS) 1 pupils demonstrate 'mastery' in maths, reading and writing. Plus, get links to online resources.
What are 'mastery' standard activities?
Schools may define 'mastery' in different ways - see our other article to learn more about mastery in assessment.
Here, we take mastery standard activities to mean activities that reflect the skills in the Teacher Assessment Frameworks at the End of Key Stage 1, which sets out standards for English writing, English reading, mathematics, and science.
Aim for a combination of activities in each subject as it's likely a single one won't be sufficient. Choose activities that'll enable your pupils to practise the skills in the standards, and to extend their learning when they are comfortable with a topic.
Try the following activities:
- Verbal mental maths games led by the teacher where pupils can recite their 2, 5 and 10 timetables confidently
- ‘Fill in the gaps’ worksheets using mathematical signs such as ‘>’ and ‘=’
- Role-play activities, such as ‘shop’ where pupils can confidently demonstrate the adding and subtraction of numbers
- Online computer programmes, such as Minecraft, could be used when looking at 3D shapes and the properties of shapes
- Simple class surveys so pupils can show they can total and compare categorical data
Where to find activities
You can find questions, tasks and activities in guidance published by The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).
There's examples for each year group, such as the ones on page 15 for year 2 pupils:
- Dan needs 80g of sugar for his recipe. There are 45g left in the bag. How much more does he need to get?
- The temperature was 26 degrees in the morning and 11 degrees colder in the evening. What was the temperature in the evening?
- A tub contains 24 coins. Saj takes 5 coins. Joss takes 10 coins. How many coins are left in the tub?
- Activities, guides and display prompts on the TES website (free and non-free)
- The Mathematics Mastery service by Ark Curriculum Plus (not free)
Please note that linking to these examples doesn't constitute an endorsement from The Key.
- A ‘predictions’ activity on what will happen to characters in a story. This could be based on looking at previous stories studied in class and recalling what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story
- A presentation activity where small groups of pupils prepare a formal presentation on something they have read in class. Pupils should be able to demonstrate appropriate intonation, tone and volume when presenting
- Reading comprehension activities based on challenging age-related texts
- A dictionary activity where pupils will record any words they don’t understand in a text. The teacher will then be able to test the pupil on these words at the end of the week
Where to find activities:
- Teachit has free resources, including comprehension worksheets and dictionary skills game, to help KS1 pupils demonstrate mastery in reading
- Literacy Shed Plus has free reading comprehension packs for year 1 and 2 pupils
Use the following ideas for pupils to demonstrate mastery in writing:
- Get pupils to complete a long piece of extended writing. Pupils should concentrate on making sure that tenses, word choice, and grammar and punctuation are used correctly throughout
- The teacher could read out a short story and ask pupils to write a summary of the main points from memory
- Pupils could complete regular handwriting activities. Handwriting should always be legible at ‘mastery’ standard
- An activity on drafting and planning an extended piece of writing
Where to find activities:
Maria Coles has extensive experience of senior management in primary schools. She has worked as a headteacher, school improvement consultant and inspector. She also provides training and mentoring for school leaders.
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