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Primary maths: Teaching without worksheets

snewman 04 November 2018 17:32

Hi everyone, I hope you can help me.

I am heading up maths in my primary school and would like to have teachers use fewer worksheets and instead help our pupils develop their mathematical thinking with more problem solving, open ended activities and have the space to work out their thinking rather than using 'closed' answer sheets all of the time - I recognise that worksheets have a place, but am wanting to expand pupil experiences and develop mathematical thinking and I believe the best way to do this is away from worksheets.

Has anyone done this in their primary school? Have any tips? Or perhaps someone can refer me to some literature / evidence to support this?

Thank you!

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Gwen_Tresidder 19 November 2018 07:12
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​This sounds like a positive ambition.  I wonder if you have considered teaching for mastery?  I think you would find the approach addresses lots of the issues you raise in your question.  Have a look at this: ​ https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/47230 for more details.  But the best way to get your school involved, with high quality free (sometimes with cover funded too) CPD is to contact your local Maths Hub.  You can find out which is your nearest hub and how to contact them on this page: http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/find-your-hub/

Good luck!


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