WEBINAR FEEDBACKA Focus on Fluency
A Focus On Fluency: Reflecting on practice post-lockdown and making practical decisions to support children in making progress.
Guest speaker Clare Christie and the Sussex Maths Hub Primary Mastery Specialist team reflect on the best way to give children firm foundations in fluency in a post-lockdown environment.
SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS
Deb Friis is a secondary maths teacher and research associate at Durrington High School in Sussex, as well as an Assistant Maths Hub Lead, co-leading our Secondary Mastery Programme here at Sussex Maths Hub.
Recently, Deb led a session on Mastery in Mathematics for PGCE and SDT trainees at the University of Brighton.
James Kendrick: Senior Lecturer – Mathematics Education at the University of Brighton, had this to say about the experience.
“We recently invited Deb Friis from the Sussex Maths Hub to deliver a remote session on Mastery in Mathematics teaching to our PGCE and SDT trainees. At this point, in a normal year, trainees are between their two school placements, and it is an excellent time for them to reflect on what they have learnt about maths teaching, and to begin to explore in more detail what good quality maths teaching is.
Although the trainees have already encountered many of the ideas around Mastery and Research Informed teaching, it was brilliant for them to be able to see how these ideas and practices are shared across the profession through the work of Maths Hubs. Having this delivered by someone who works in a Research School alongside working with a Maths Hub demonstrated to them how dynamic a profession teaching is – with its continuous improvement and research informed practice. This made the session very relevant to them at their point in training, but also created a genuine sense of excitement that they were entering such a dynamic community and that they would have opportunities to continue to develop their own practice and understanding.
The session was really well prepared, and was delivered online using Desmos, with some self-study in the morning followed by a live online component in the afternoon. The move to online delivery has been a very steep learning curve for everyone, but the way Deb ran it demonstrated how effective this model of delivery can be.
The trainees really enjoyed the session and have fed back to me how valuable it was to them at this point in their training, giving them a lot of practical resources and ways to improve their teaching. Deb handled all of their questions really well, demonstrating the breadth and depth of her knowledge in a clear and concise way. This was an excellent advert for the important work that Maths Hubs do to disseminate research informed practice, allow teachers to share their experiences, and encourage everyone to continue to evolve their teaching through collaboration.
My thanks to Deb for giving up her time in these busy and difficult circumstances, and we hope to continue to build on this in the future.”
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Building Reasoning and Problem – Solving into Remote Learning
Guest host Gareth Metcalfe, the highly regarded mathematician, author of the fantastic ‘I See Reasoning’ and ‘I See Problem Solving’ e-books, and creator of the inspirational website ‘I See Maths’.
Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2021COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE
Welcome to our 2021 Spring Newsletter.
Inside you’ll find links to our Remote Learning
Webinars, opportunities to join our 2021/22
programme and links to a great selection of
useful resources shared by teachers in these
- Welcome back – a note from Jo
- Remote Teaching – our Webinars
- Upcoming Work Groups
- CPD Opportunities 21/22
Led by a team of Local Leaders of Maths Education from the Sussex Maths Hub, this webinar was an informal ‘teach meet’ style webinar where our team shared their own experiences of switching to remote learning overnight for lockdown ‘3’.
The links and presentations used in the Webinar are shared below:
Stem Sentences, Generalisations and Definitions
Mile Oak Primary School
Friday 29 November
09:30 to 15:00
Stem Sentences, Generalisations and Definitions:
Mathematical language as a structure to support learning and conceptual understanding.
This one-day course, newly developed by the primary mastery specialist team will:
- Provide a rationale for this aspect of teaching for mastery in mathematics
- Ensure participants understand the difference between stem sentences, generalisations and definitions
- Demonstrate the power of stems sentences and generalisations in conceptual understanding and depth for all
- Give participants the confidence and skills to use language more effectively in their own classrooms and across their schools
Date: Friday 29 November
Venue: Mile Oak Primary School, Graham Ave, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2WN
Time: 09:30am to 15:00
Cost: No cost for this date but limited capacity.
Work Group Leads: Emma Gale & Katrina Pounder
Y5 to Y8 Continuity Work Groups
Bexhill on Sea
Tuesday 21 January
Tuesday 10 March
Tuesday 5 May
Tuesday 16 June
16:00 to 18:00
NCETM YR 5-8 Programme:
Progress of maths from primary to secondary school.
Are you a KS2 teacher, KS3 mathematics teacher, ITE or NQT teacher?
Are you concerned about the many changes to the mathematics curriculum in KS2 and KS3?
We are a small Work Group looking at how to mitigate the drop in mathematical ability from primary to secondary school. We are focussing on the EEF recommendations follow the Ofted “wasted years” report, specifically the use of manipulatives for problem solving.
If you are interested in working collaboratively to dissect different approaches to teaching across the different Key Stages to help provide your students with continuality from primary to secondary school, then please sign up and join us.
Victoria Sims, Assistant Director of Maths at Bexhill Academy, is leading this Work Group. There are four sessions over this academic year, running 4pm – 6pm, on:
Session 1 – Tuesday 21 January
Session 2 – Tuesday 10 March
Session 3 – Tuesday 5 May
Session 4 – Tuesday 16 June
This is a FREE Work Group for 16 teachers from Sussex Schools. All participants will be expected to commit to attending all sessions.