Mathematics: Digging deeper – challenging pupils through depth and breadth in mathematics

Why is this important?

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The Mathematics National Curriculum states that ‘pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.’

How will it impact?

By accessing this professional development, you will:

  • have an increased awareness of how tasks can be opened up to enable deeper and more interconnected understanding of a topic;
  • consider how to assess pupils’ reasoning, including how children have thought about the mathematics and made connections to find solutions;
  • explore uses for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) ‘Teaching for Mastery’ – Questions, tasks and activities to support assessment
  • have increased awareness of the materials freely available to support challenge and deepening of understanding within the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 programmes of study.

Who is the professional development for?

Phase: Primary Special Non-maintained

Target Group(s): Teachers and teaching assistants

What format will it take?

Half day INSET

Learning Exchange member fee: £375 per school
Non-member fee: £500 per school

Staff meeting/twilight

2 x 2 hour sessions

Learning Exchange member fee: £480 per school
Non-member fee: £680 per school

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