Primary Projects

Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception Work Groups

This Work Group is aimed at schools who are currently developing mastery across their school. The project aim is to secure Early Years’ best practice and build firm foundations for all children by the end of Reception year. Practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding as to how Early Years Best Practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and supports progression through the school.

Work Group participants will consider how to build clear progression in mathematical concepts and how to make these accessible to young children. Attention will be given to appropriate pedagogy, in particular the nature of direct teaching within an Early Years context.  It aims to support schools (EYFS teachers and school leadership teams) in providing a consistent message about high quality maths provision in the Early Years and how this provision supports progression into the next phase of learning. Schools will develop an understanding of how to link teaching in EYFS and the TfM (The 5 big ideas) in Year 1.

Primary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups

The project is 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 or 2018/19. 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.

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 provide a mathematical focus to the work, although individual Work Groups will decide on their chosen topic.