The start of term looms close and whilst you may be enjoying the last few days of rest and relaxation, your mind may have begun to wander to the introduction of the new national curriculum and all the changes that this will bring.
Over the summer break colleagues in the Learning Exchange have been working hard to develop the content of four new courses for teachers, NQTs and teaching assistants. These sessions have been created to inform you of the requirements of the new curriculum, with a particular focus on helping develop your confidence in teaching children to have a deep understanding of mathematics.
A unique element of our two-part courses (two half days each) is that all delegates will be provided with an electronic staff meeting pack containing all the materials required to lead an engaging and informative session back in school. A ready made staff meeting – what could be simpler!
Too often vital learning is left with the only colleague able to attend the training, but this approach will enable you to work with colleagues to further develop your learning and share new thinking across the whole school, meaning many more pupils will benefit.
The four courses are running in the autumn term 2014 and early spring 2015 and can be booked via CPD online…
Developing children’s understanding of formal written methods of calculation
Session 1: 21st October (9.00 – 12.00pm) and Session 2: 18th November (1.30 – 4.30 pm)
Teaching division, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion at KS2
Session 1: 25th January (9.00 – 12.00pm) and Session 2: 25th February (1.30 – 4.30 pm)
Developing pupils’ fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics through effective teaching of mental calculation
7th November (9.00 – 12.00pm)
Developing children’s understanding of numbers and the number system
3rd October (9.00 – 12.00pm)
If you would like any further information about these courses or any other professional development and school improvement services being led by the Learning Exchange please do not hesitate to contact us on 01934 427508 or using this form.
In the meantime if you are looking for a great source of information and useful resources you cannot go far wrong with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. I have found the progression maps to be really helpful in understanding the development of learning for each of the different aspects of mathematics.