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We've just published Issue 102 of our Primary Magazine


Created on 10 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 10 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator

'White-blossom-raleigh' by Ashley Bean (adapted), in the public domain

Issue 102 of our Primary Magazine has just been published. In this issue, as the NCETM and Maths Hubs are recruiting primary schools for 2018-2019 teaching for mastery Work Groups, we take a peek inside one of these groups and find out what a gap task is, and how it supports effective professional development. Also, we launch our Numberblocks support materials, designed to assist teachers in using the CBeebies series to effectively lay the foundations of mathematics in Early Years and KS1.

Articles featured in this issue

  • Gap Tasks: maximising the impact of Work Groups
    A recent Maths Hub Work Group meeting at Gorse Hill Primary School, Swindon, brought together teachers from seven schools and, led by Mastery Specialist Suzanne Mathews, generated some lively discussion when feedback from the most recent gap tasks started the day…
  • Introducing our new Numberblocks Support Materials
    Debbie Morgan, NCETM Director for Primary, who advised on the mathematical content of CBeebies’ Numberblocks, explains the thinking and pedagogy behind the series. She also introduces our new Numberblocks support materials, with some detail of how they are intended to be used.

And here are some other things for your attention:

  • Is your school thinking about teaching for mastery? Or have you already started and would like more support? Maths Hubs are recruiting more than 2000 primary schools to join a programme of professional development in 2018-2019, led by local classroom-based Mastery Specialists. Two teachers from each school join a Work Group of six or seven schools that together explore approaches to teaching for mastery. To find out more, visit our recruitment page.
  • Year 2 of the Addition and Subtraction strand of our Mastery PD Materials is now complete, and is also available to download in a single zip file. The materials are broken down into small steps, with a detailed explanation of the pedagogy, and images and ideas for use in the classroom.

Don’t forget that all previous editions of the magazine are accessible through our Primary Magazine Archive, where you can find previous articles arranged by type as well as by issue number. Each of our magazines can be downloaded as a PDF document, and you can sign up to an RSS feed for any of our online magazines so you never need miss another issue.


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