26 September 2018
In the first Primary Magazine of the new year, we take a look at ‘subitising’, a skill that is presently getting a lot of attention in Early Years, but relevant to teachers of all ages. And we are also sharing the delight of some of the schools that are seeing results-based success that they are attributing to a teaching for mastery approach to mathematics. As a third, new feature, we will be signposting an article from our Secondary Magazine, that may be of relevance or interest to primary teachers.
Articles featured in this issue
- “Subitising”: developing a sense for number in Early Years
We talk to Viv Lloyd, the NCETM’s Assistant Director for Early Years, about what ‘subitising’ is, why it is important, and why it is making an appearance in the new pilot Early Learning Goals.
- Schools on Teaching for Mastery Programme report rising attainment
Although teaching for mastery is not yet sufficiently widespread in Y6 classes to have shown an effect in national SATs data this year, individual schools that have been using the approach for a few years are starting to share very encouraging results stories.
- Setting for maths in secondary schools: can it work with mastery?
More and more primary schools are rethinking the practice of grouping children (in tables or classes) by their prior attainment. But how can teaching for mastery work in secondary schools where ‘setting’ is more entrenched? One of our Secondary Mastery Specialists explains how it works at her school, from Issue 148 of our Secondary Magazine.
And here are some other things for your attention:
- The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has recently reported on trials of two maths interventions to raise attainment: Maths Champions, a programme where senior staff in Early Years are trained to build the confidence and skills of the practitioners working with children, and 1stClass@Number, a programme providing intensive support for Year 2 pupils, delivered by teaching assistants.
- Have you thought about professional development for you or your school this year? The Maths Hubs website gives an overview of national CPD projects, and your local Maths Hub will be able to tell you what’s available locally. Register NOW, as most start this term.
- There are loads of good maths storybooks and ideas for teaching on the MathsThroughStories website. They even have a new competition for young writers (age 8-13), The Young Mathematical Story Author Competition.
- Our popular mastery professional development resources for primary teachers have now been enhanced for number, addition and subtraction, so that there’s now something for every year group.
- Over the summer, we continued to expand our support materials for the CBeebies series, Numberblocks. We’ve now also added two documents giving an overview of each series, the storylines, and the mathematics addressed.
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.