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Teacher Research Group- Maths Hubs working with NCETM

 

On Thursday (27th April), Tina Duffy along with Dale Fitzpatrick attended the second of 4 sessions to further develop the schools' approach towards mastery.

 

Within this meeting the teachers discussed representations and structures in Maths, these were predominately linked to addition and subtraction. On this occasion they also observed a year 4 lesson within the Ofsted graded outstanding school (Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire). Within this lesson the teacher used many of the strategies that are already used at Eye C of E Primary e.g. the children identifying the odd one out, spotting the teachers learning mistakes and them becoming the teachers within the lesson to support their peers.

 

During the second half of the session, the group explored bar modelling approaches, which are embedded at Eye C of E Primary. These included discussions around the part-whole model and comparison bar modelling approaches. These are visual supports that the children create to help them solve problems from year 2 to 6. Further discussions were around the importance of ten and five frames within Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage, these can be seen at Eye C of E in the form of egg boxes which the children have enjoyed exploring regularly this year. 

 

Should you wish to find out any further information about this research group, feel free to contact Mrs Duffy or Mr Fitzpatrick directly.

 

Teacher Research Group- Maths Hubs working with NCETM

 

On Thursday (9th March), Tina Duffy along with Dale Fitzpatrick attended the first of 4 sessions to further develop the schools' approach towards mastery.

 

This initial morning provided an insight into the key areas to consider when thinking about approaches to teaching for mastery e.g. the variation of activities, fluency children are gaining through consolidation, mathematical thinking and coherence. These are not new approaches at Eye C of E Primary as these very much tie in with the Singaporean style of teaching Maths that the school has embedded across all year groups e.g. allowing the children time to reflect on their learning, valuing learning mistakes that have been made, providing enough time to consolidate learning which is resulting in fluency, problem solving to show how their Mathematical thinking has developed as well as opportunities to create their own stories or challenges to show their Mathematical reason.

 

This research group allows teachers at Eye C of E Primary School to gain further confidence in knowing that strategies that we are using and promoting within school are proven to be supportive of challenging all learners towards a mastery understanding.
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