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Primary Magazine - Issue 99

Created on 20 October 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 November 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 99'Maples (Explored)' by Henry Hemming (adapted), some rights reserved

Welcome to the second half of the autumn term. In this issue, we have a thoughtful article by a primary teacher on being observed the ‘Shanghai way’, and a report from a primary teacher using inspiration from the local beach to create a lesson on estimation.

Don't forget all previous issues are available in the Archive.

This issue's featured articles

The potential of the Teacher Research Group to improve teaching and learning
Primary teacher Jonathan Leeming reports on the powerful CPD he experienced when he had his lesson observed, then dissected, by colleagues in a Shanghai Teacher Research Group (TRG). Jonathan, a teacher and primary Mastery Specialist from Lancaster, working with the North North West Maths Hub, has recently returned from visiting schools in Shanghai. Shanghai teachers are on the return leg of the exchange now. Contact your local Maths Hub to find out how you can observe a Chinese teacher at showcase events near you, between 13 and 16 November.

Using local context as a ‘hook’ to ignite interest and excitement
We also visit a beach in Devon to find out why Y6 pupils have been trying to calculate how long it would take to pick up the grains of sand, one grain at a time, and ask how you might put together a ‘Fermi problem' such as this in your local context.

And here are some other things for your attention:

  • The NCETM has started to publish professional development materials to support primary teachers introducing a teaching for mastery approach in maths. Written by a team of Mastery Specialists, developed under the Maths Hubs Programme, and other primary maths experts, the materials are not, in any way, lesson plans, but they can be used in conjunction with a high-quality mastery textbook to support planning.
  • Are you interested in gaining the NCETM’s recognised designation as a leader of maths-specific professional development for primary teachers? The NCETM, working with Maths Hubs, is looking for teachers and others with relevant experience to take part in a programme this academic year, leading to the award of status as an NCETM Accredited PD Lead. More details and a link to the application form are here; the closing date for applications is 14 November.
  • Bursaries have been announced to help teachers attend next year’s British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME), taking place in Warwick from 3 to 6 April 2018. It’s a four-yearly event where all the maths subject associations combine their annual conferences, with delegates from across the phases and high-profile plenary speakers.

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Page header by Henry Hemming (adapted), some rights reserved



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