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.

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 four core primary modules of 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 provide a mathematical focus to the work, although individual Work Groups will decide on their chosen topic.