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Two lessons by Shanghai teachers


Created on 22 August 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 10 January 2019 by ncetm_administrator

Two lessons by Shanghai teachers

The lessons and post-lesson discussions in the videos below were filmed during the 2017/18 England–China exchange as part of the Maths Hubs Programme. Two Shanghai teachers, Ms Dai and Ms Lynn, spent a fortnight at Tubbenden Primary School in the London borough of Bromley. The videos show examples of ‘showcase’ lessons, organised twice in every exchange school, and sometimes staged in school halls so that large numbers of teachers from nearby schools can watch. 

Showcase lesson: Year 5

The focus of the Year 5 lesson is the addition of fractions. The lesson begins with a review of unit and non-unit fractions, and then progresses to the new learning of adding fractions with the same denominator. The lesson concludes with the generalisation that ‘when adding fractions with the same denominator, the denominator remains the same and the numerators are added’.

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Showcase lesson: Year 2

The focus of the Year 2 lesson is on the five times table. The lesson begins with a consideration of where we see groups of five ‘in our daily lives’ and five fingers on one hand are then used as a focus for unitising groups of five. Throughout the lesson the teacher seeks to draw children’s attention to the mathematical patterns and relationships within the five times table, and to develop fluency in recalling the facts. 

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