SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS

SPOTLIGHT ON: DEB FRIIS

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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WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

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’.

Newsletter Spring 2021

Newsletter Spring 2021

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2021

COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

 

Hello again!

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
challenging times.

OVERVIEW:

  • Welcome back – a note from Jo
  • Remote Teaching – our Webinars
  • Upcoming Work Groups
  • CPD Opportunities 21/22
    • Resources

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    WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 2 – Reasoning and Problem Solving

    WEBINAR: Teaching Primary maths Remotely – Session 1

    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

    Stem Sentences, Generalisations and Definitions

    Stem Sentences, Generalisations and Definitions

    Venue

    Mile Oak Primary School
    Graham Ave
    Portslade, Brighton
    BN41 2WN

    Date

    Friday 29 November

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    Time

    09:30 to 15:00

    FULLY BOOKED

    Overview

    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

    Y5 to Y8 Continuity Work Groups

    Y5 to Y8 Continuity Work Groups

    Venue

    Bexhill Academy
    Gunters Lane
    Bexhill on Sea
    TN39 4BY

    Date

    Tuesday 21 January 
    Tuesday 10 March
    Tuesday 5 May
    Tuesday 16 June

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    Time

    16:00 to 18:00

    FULLY BOOKED

    Overview

    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.