Mastery specialist teachers programme
Details of a new programme, to create 140 new Primary Mathematics Mastery Specialists, will be announced at the end of this month. The two-year programme, run by the NCETM in conjunction with Maths Hubs, is aimed at existing primary teachers, keen to develop their own expertise at teaching for mastery, and also their capacity to pass on their knowledge to groups of other teachers. Details, and an application form, will be published on the NCETM and Maths Hubs websites, but if you’d like to be notified directly, please fill in this form.
In Issue 72, Maths in the Staff Room featured the use of models and images to support learning. You may be interested to read this article written by MaST graduate, Sarah Hughes, who shares her experience of supporting learning through play alongside the use of models and manipulatives in her Y2 classroom. She provides evidence for improved learning as a result of the models and manipulatives because the play was purposeful as well as making the models and images more engaging, motivating and meaningful:
"The provision of carefully selected models and images triggered curiosity in the children and helped to develop their understanding of number facts as well as other mathematical concepts.
"I think it is important to stress at this point, that play, or ‘playful teaching’, cannot merely be a gesture, it needs to be embedded in a curriculum with context and purpose at the heart."
New ATM publication
In Issues 68 and 69, New National Curriculum in Focus featured problem solving and reasoning in Geometry (KS2). The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) has recently published a new resource book with ideas for using Geoboards.
Read the editor's review of Exploring Area and Fractions with Square Geoboards.
London Mathematical Society CPD Grants
Did you know that the London Mathematical Society (LMS) provides opportunities for schools/ teachers to bid for grants of up to £400 to support teachers with maths specific CPD? There are certain conditions that need to be met and application deadlines for grants are 31 August, 30 November, 31 January and 30 April each year. These grants are available for all teachers.
NCETM National Curriculum support
Have you explored our National Curriculum Planning Tool yet? This interactive tool will support you in the following ways: strengthening your subject knowledge; making connections within and across the primary curriculum; suggesting helpful papers, pupil activities, exemplification of expectations, and links to the suite of NCETM videos. There are also sections on the Bar Model, Teaching Fractions, Progression in Reasoning, and Developing a Scheme of Work - all accessible via buttons on the main National Curriculum information page.
Don’t forget to use our Professional Development Directory if you are looking for high quality providers of maths CPD. Look for CPD Standard Holders (gold rosette) and/or Accredited Professional Development Leads (purple rosette).
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