06 February 2018
In the latest issue of our Secondary Magazine we take the opportunity to visit a couple of the many Maths Hubs Network Collaborative Projects, being run by local Work Groups of teachers at a Maths Hub near you.
For Teachers Thinking about Mathematical Thinking we visit the ‘Mathematical Thinking and the new GCSE’ Work Group, at the East Midlands East Maths Hub. As well as providing a flavour of the work being done by the group, and of the depth of discussion, we show some of the ideas being tried out by the teachers in their own classrooms and consider how their pupils attempt reasoning tasks.
Robert Wilne, leadis the ‘Improving Continuity Across the Y5-8 Transition’ Work Group for the London Thames Maths Hub. In Adding Meaning to Subtracting, he reflects on the conceptual models of subtraction that we offer learners of maths. His article is inspired by an episode with his Y11 Higher Tier group, when he unexpectedly uncovered cracks in the foundations of their understanding, and also by his work with the project. He suggests models of subtraction that he believes should be taught in a continuous way throughout primary and secondary school.
And some other things to draw to your attention:
- With renewed and enthusiastic backing from the DfE, the NCETM and Maths Hubs have launched recruitment for new cohorts of Mastery Specialists in both primary and secondary phases. Find out more, including details of how to apply. The application deadline for the secondary phase is 5pm on Monday 19 February.
- Continuity of fractions learning from Year 5 to Year 8 is the topic handled in the latest NCETM podcast.
- In case you missed this episode of BBC’s The Life Scientific, it's well worth listening to. Eugenia Cheng not only oozes a passion for maths, but also gets under the skin of why young people - in particular girls - may be turned off the subject.
- Do you have an exceptional and ambitious student who will be 16 or over by the summer? PROMYS Europe offers a six-week residential opportunity based at Oxford University, for a small number of secondary school students to explore deeply the creative world of mathematics. Full/partial financial aid is available. Applications close on 11 February, so hurry!
- MEI has recently updated the curriculum mapping of its 130+ Maths Item of the Month problems. Covering a wide range of KS4 and KS5 topics, they are great resources to promote mathematical thinking, proof and problem solving.
- Cambridge Assessment are researching how the current reforms to AS/A levels are affecting schools/colleges. Heads of Department, please consider completing their survey. For 15 minutes of your time, there is the chance to win a £100 book token. Closing date is 1 March.
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