The Jurassic Maths Hub Summer Conference – Friday 8th July 2016

Posted on March 10, 2016

The Jurassic Maths Hub Summer Conference will be taking place on Friday 8th July 2016. Guest speakers include Alex Bellos, Debbie Morgan and Jane Jones. For more information please see the poster below.

Confident Mathematicians Poster

 The following workshops will be running during the day in 4 sessions where delegates choices will try to be accommodated.

Workshop 1: Developing the Mastery Approach in the multi-age classroom presented by Dr Ruth Trundley.

This project was set up in response to one of the aims of the National Curriculum, ‘The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace’ (DfE 2013 Page 99), and the link made, by the National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM), between this aim and teaching for mastery.

Government funding has been directed into projects exploring ways of implementing and embedding teaching for mastery in mathematics through the maths hubs and supported by NCETM. The structure of single-age classes fits neatly with the aim of moving pupils through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace, especially when the curriculum has been set out on a year by year basis, as it has with the mathematics curriculum. However, many schools do not have the option of this structure and this presents a challenge not addressed by nationalinitiatives: the challenge of teaching for mastery in mixed-age classes. The key research question for the project was therefore: What does teaching for mastery look like in a mixed-age class?

Workshop 2: Shanghai Teacher Exchange (Secondary) presented by Mr Carl Morris, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Mathematics at The Purbeck School.

This year, The Purbeck School became one of the countries lead schools in mastery maths and this resulted in Carl visiting schools in Shanghai. His presentation focuses on his observations in Shanghai and what the implications are for teaching in the UK.

Workshop 3: Developing approaches to the new GCSE presented by Gordon Davis, Head of Mathematics at Colyton Grammar School.

The project has brought together a small group of maths teacher who have used a lesson study style approach to develop and test out some ideas for new content as well as developing more problem solving and learning techniques. The workshop will give us the opportunity to talk through the materials and methods we have developed and how they have been adapted based on our lesson study programme.

Workshop 4: Developing Understanding of Multiplicative Reasoning through Lesson Study KS2/KS3 presented by Clare Hill, Director of Mathematics at Twynham School.

Our project brought together four middle schools to explore the teaching of multiplicative relationships through the medium of Lesson Study.n this workshop, we will examine the concepts explored, the mediums used (Numicon and Cuisenaire) and the process of lesson study to establish a deeper understanding of the learning taking place during these lessonswhich were based on the NCETM Key Stage 3 Multiplicative Reasoning Project.

Workshop 5: Primary Teaching for Mastery presented by the Primary Mastery Specialists for the Jurassic Maths Hub – Helen Edwards, Karra Hartland and Vicky Morris.

Find out what teaching a mastery maths curriculum is like at the chalkface. Three teachers share their experiences of implementing a mastery maths curriculum in their own schools. They will share their successes and mistakes and give advice on how you can introduce and develop a mastery approach in your own school.

Workshop 6: Developing Mathematical Reasoning in Students at KS3 presented by Bridget Culver, Head of Mathematics at Uffculme School.

With the new GCSE assessment criteria it is imperative that students can justify methods and results as well as have confidence to attempt questions, even when they are not sure of how to get to the answers.  The workshop is aimed at showing, or reminding you, of the range of strategies that are out there and how they can be implemented in the classroom.

Workshop 7: Core Maths led by John Mould and Tom Rainbow.

This workshop offers an introduction to Core Maths qualifications with an exploration of successful strategies and activities. It will include lessons learnt during the first two years of the course.

Workshop 8: Unlocking Children’s Maths Potential – Developing talking for learning presented by Helen Edginton.

One of the principles underpinning the mathematics national curriculum is that all children can learn mathematics. Jo Boaler has written extensively in this area, and in particular about barriers and ways to overcome these barriers. This project focussed on Boaler’s findings from research, including Dweck’s work on growth mindset, and explored how to create mathematical communities in classrooms where all participants believe they can all learn maths and as a result all do. In particular the workshop will explore strategies to develop children’s mathematical talk so that they can explain and reason, a key aspect of mastery.

Workshop 9: A Case Study focussing on the teaching of problem solving skills led by Dr Cathy Kelly from the Woodroffe School assisted by a colleague.

This project involved coordinating teachers from different schools across the hub community to use the Lesson Study methodology to investigate the development and promotion of problem solving teaching in KS2 and KS3 classes. Three aspects of learning how to problem solve were explored and key features of the skills required were refined using the Lesson Study methodology (Peter Dudley). This presentation will expand upon the formation of cross-school and cross-phase teams and suggest how to develop a workable focus for research study. One of the problem solving projects will be described in detail.

Workshop 10: Improving GCSE through to A Level transition presented by Jo Sibley, FMSP Area Coordinator.

DorMatTeaNet 5×5: Five of the best bits from this year’s Dorset Maths Teacher Networks. We’ll look at the most popular ideas for supporting transition from KS4 to KS5 including headlines for the new Maths and Further Maths A levels, using free apps in the classroom and the #6Concepts project. This session is suitable for any teacher working in or interested in mathematics in the secondary sector. This session will be hands-on in nature: there will be some pre-release material for you to look at so that more time can be spent interactively.

Workshop 11: The Shanghai Influence at Primary level – Carousel led by Carly Ellis from The Redstart Primary School in Chard.

During this workshop delegates will be informed as to how the Shanghai Project at primary level has progressed during its second phase. Carly will be joined by several primary colleagues and will explain how it continues to enrich the learning experience for both teachers and pupils.

Workshop 12: Singapore Text Book Project presented by Katharine Anstey, Head of St John’s First School Wimborne.

The workshop will be an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of how the textbooks are used and to explore the content and structure of the lessons.

Workshop 13: ICCAMS Research Project – Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures led by Richard Perring.

The Jurassic Maths Hub has been selected to work with the Solent Maths Hub on the ICCAMs EEF effectiveness trial. The Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures (ICCAMS) project has been developed by Nottingham University and they are now working with Durham University at the effectiveness trial stage. In this workshop participants will be given an insight into the principles that inform the ICCAMS approach and an opportunity to work on some of the resources developed to exemplify these principles. The workshop will be led by Richard Perring who is a PD lead for the ICCAMS project.