The National Curriculum
The NCETM Resource and Planning Tool
We have recently started publishing sections of a new area on our site, dedicated to helping teachers plan lesions in line with the new curriculum. At this stage, this new resource and planning tool includes material for teachers in Years 1, 5 and 6. Other year groups will follow soon. This complements the new curriculum 'Essentials' page, published last term, which is a 'one-stop shop' with links to resources on the NCETM portal that will be helpful to subject leaders who are beginning to consider how to support teachers in readiness for the new programmes of study. Both of these are linked to from our central new curriculum page that will keep you up to date with relevant news of the new curriculum as it becomes available.
Video material to support the implementation of the National Curriculum
As part of this support we have produced a suite of 16 videos focusing on calculation and the associated skills and understanding (for example, the concepts of place value and exchange). The videos seek to demonstrate how fluency and conceptual understanding can be developed in tandem. One of the aims of the new National Curriculum, that children should ‘reason mathematically’, is demonstrated throughout. Each set of videos has an accompanying presentation to stimulate thought and discussion about teaching and learning. We hope you enjoy the videos and find them helpful in supporting teacher professional development. We’d be delighted to receive your feedback and to learn how you use them. In the near future this suite will include videos focusing on fractions, algebra and division, and including footage from secondary classrooms as well. So keep a look out for these! The videos are also available on a new DVD, which gathers together, in one convenient place, all relevant video material currently on the website, together with a complementary PowerPoint presentation, containing notes to stimulate thought and discussion among teachers in CPD situations. Find out more, and details of how to order your copy, here.
Getting ready for the new Curriculum? A two-day programme for MaST teachers and Subject leaders
Following the success and oversubscription of our pilot programme last autumn, this programme is now being repeated across the country. It is designed to help primary school maths coordinators and specialist (MaST) teachers prepare for the introduction of the new National Curriculum, and will cover key mathematical themes of the new curriculum, also introducing participants to some new materials to support teaching. Find out more - including details of how to book your place.
The NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme (PDLSP)
We’re pleased to confirm further dates for our programme of national free face-to-face events for Primary CPD leads, the NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme (PDLSP).
Those who complete the programme are accredited by the NCETM to provide professional development in the priority areas of arithmetic proficiency in primary schools; to date over 280 participants in the programme have been accredited, with more to come.
The dates for the new Primary cohort are:
Note: the event above is being run as two one-day events, timings to be confirmed.
The PDLSP microsite has full details of the programme - including support materials, and information about how to book your free place.
Colleagues who have completed the first cohorts have said about the programme:
"I really valued the input from experienced colleagues and the diversity of viewpoints was very refreshing."
"One of the main criteria for successful PD is that it stimulates new thinking – it certainly did that for me."
"The course is definitely impacting on my daily work."
New online material for subject leaders to support high attainers in mathematics in primary schools
Have you seen the section of our website which aims to support schools in evaluating and supporting their provision for high attaining pupils in mathematics in primary school? High Attaining Pupils in Primary Schools will help subject leaders, senior leaders and teachers to identify and support pupils who are attaining higher than expected standards in mathematics, not just in Year 6 but from the time they begin school.
I heard this on the radio recently and thought it worth sharing…the record for the most babies born to one woman is 69, and 67 of them survived!! The woman concerned was the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Shuya, Russia who lived from 1707 to 1782. Most women only have about 30-ish years during which they can have babies. The puzzle I give to you is this (maybe you would like to share this with your class) – how is it possible? How many different combinations of children could she have had in 30 years? I’ll give you the actual answer next month!