Sample KS1 and KS2 test papers for 2016 are now available
On 29 June the DfE published the final framework for KS1 and KS2 assessment for use by test writers. There will be one performance descriptor for each key stage. No manipulatives will be permitted in any of the papers for KS1 or KS2. Some measuring equipment and a mirror will be permitted for KS2. Sample test papers for KS1 and KS2 are also available with accompanying mark schemes. If you are interested in carrying out these sample tests with your current Y2 and Y6 before the holidays to see how they fair when compared to the old levelled tests, then please do share your findings in the Primary Forum.
We regularly hear politicians referring to the international comparison assessments such as PISA and TIMSS. This document from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) shares how data from the 2012 PISA assessments shape up for the UK, with a number of examples of our position in the international rankings for maths.
Last month this news item shot around social media after Guy Claxton was reported to have claimed that “erasers are the instrument of the devil”. Whether you agree or disagree, this article can serve to help you to stop and reflect on the use of rubbers in your maths lessons, and the value you place on pupil mistakes as part of the learning process.
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? Although there are certain conditions that need to be met, these grants are available for all teachers. Application deadlines for grants are 31 August, 30 November, 31 January and 30 April each year, so you might like to start considering an application over the summer.
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.
Mathematics CPD and networking events
Don’t forget to use our Professional Development Calendar if you are looking for courses or training run by high quality providers of maths CPD, or indeed any events in the next few months where you can meet and share experiences with other maths teachers. Look for CPD Standard Holders (gold rosette) and/or Accredited Professional Development Leads (purple rosette). A list of providers, classified by the same system, can be found in the CPD Providers Directory.
A reminder of a new section of the NCETM website that pulls together all the work the Centre, and the Maths Hubs are doing in the field of mastery. The NCETM has also started three new threads of discussion in the Maths Café community. Please contribute your views and experiences: constructive criticism is always welcome.
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