The project aims to secure firm foundations in additive relationships and the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number that exemplifies good number sense. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes and progression through KS1 to support progression in the future. The Work Group Lead and lead participants will be supported by central training and resources. There is an expectation that teachers will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 20 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. There is also the expectation that they will contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection. In the first year of the project, there will be a particular focus on schools with a high level of disadvantage who may have additional challenges as a result of the pandemic.
Primary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups
The project was new in 2020/21 and is for any school that completed the Teaching for Mastery Programme working with a Mastery Specialist in 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 or 2019/20. The Work Group will support local communities providing support for collaborative planning and specialist subject knowledge development in primary schools and leadership within the school.
Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme - Early Career Teachers
This project is designed to support Early Career Teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching)
The aim of this community is to work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and will include lesson analysis and lesson design. Other areas of maths could be supported in a second year to maintain the engagement/momentum of this group.
Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme - Early Years
This programme is designed for individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths to three to five years olds. This may be particularly relevant for NQTs, teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.
The purpose of this project is to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.
Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme - Teacher
The Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme will be spread across three days during the academic year. Teachers registered for the training will need to attend each of these days, exploring five core primary modules of Policy and impact on practice, Number Sense, Additive Reasoning, Multiplicative Reasoning and Fractions in depth.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of these modules and practical ideas to put into practice in the classroom. There will be gap tasks planned between each session to enable those involved in the project to reflect on their own practice.
Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programme - Teaching Assistant
The Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics programme is designed for Teaching Assistants who are supporting maths, and who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths. This may be particularly relevant for new Teaching Assistants or Teaching Assistants that have not received maths-specific training.
Teaching Assistants will take part in a 3-day programme delivered across the year to develop the subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge for the teaching and supporting the learning of mathematics.
Y5 - 8 Continuity
Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focussing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. The multiplicative reasoning resources and draft algebra resources provide a mathematical focus to the work, although individual Work Groups are free to focus on a different aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum.