In our last issue of the primary magazine we aimed to inspire you to consider bidding for a regional project. We talked about the example on the portal from Rachel Brittain, mathematics subject leader and assistant headteacher of Red Oaks Primary School who researched the best ways to help pupils learn their times tables and involve all staff in trialling a range of methods. In this issue, we would like to inspire you further by giving you information about the South East region’s Primary Maths Week Project which was organised primarily to raise the profile of mathematics and engage schools, parents, carers and the wider community in mathematical thinking – ‘bring the world into the classroom and the classroom to the world’.
If you are considering organising a maths week, the NCETM regional coordinator's report and those of three of the schools that took part: St Michael's Primary School, St Benedict's Roman Catholic Primary School, Overton CE Primary School and Thurnham School may prove to be very helpful.
Don't forget, if you're inspired and wish to become involved in a project, contact your regional coordinator who will be able to advise you on the best wasy to submit a bid.
Just in case you are not aware, the new national primary curriculum website is now live. Alongside the statutory curriculum, you can view new case studies, download tools and guidance and use an interactive curriculum design tool. It has been designed so that all primary schools can evaluate their curriculum and think again about teaching and learning in the context of school improvement.
It includes: curriculum aims, essentials for learning and life, the six areas of learning and RE. The essentials for learning and life describe the skills, attitudes and dispositions that children need to become well-rounded individuals and lifelong learners. They include literacy, numeracy and ICT capability, learning and thinking skills, and personal, social and emotional skills.
There are three broad aims which should enable all young people to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The great news is that it provides the opportunity to be creative with maths, so teachers can now, as well as teaching mathematics discretely, make those all important links to mathematics in real life.