Join together in making maths better

The MTN is a collaboration between La Salle Education, AQA and Oxford University Press. The MTN provides regular, free professional development for teachers in primary and secondary schools.

Events Workshops

Fraction decimals and percentages - towards a deeper understanding - Roger Ray, AQA

Roger will explore some interesting applications of fractions and decimals to explore and model developing a deeper understanding of fractions and decimals, leading to better problem solving. He will refer to this year's National KS2 tests and GCSE exploring the demands made, looking at practical ideas for the classroom to strengthen outcomes.

Roger has been a qualified active maths teacher for 44 years. He was head of mathematics in three, large, very different schools with a track record of improving outcomes for students. He also spent 11 years as a maths consultant/education officer with the East Riding of Yorkshire Authority, developing teaching and learning through demonstration lessons and coaching. Now semi-retired, he works supporting both primary and secondary, teaching maths and serves as an AQA maths advocate.

Alge discs and the CPA approach - Bernie Westacott, Oxford University Press (Northampton and Southampton)

Alge discs do not “do” the maths for us but rather are concrete models of variables and integers which support us to explore algebraic concepts and understand the language of mathematics. Often algebra is taught by using symbols alone and for many students we move far too quickly to the abstract symbolic level. Alge discs are a great way to support a CPA approach, ensuring the maths that students are experiencing is hands on, visual and supports them to explain their reasoning and make connections. The alge discs help students focus their attention and support conceptual understanding rather than being over reliant on procedural rules.

Not all algebraic concepts can be modelled using manipulatives but in the 60 minute session we will use alge discs to begin to explore, zero pairs, adding and subtracting, understanding of negative numbers, variables and constants.

The session will be hands on with opportunity to share ideas and develop pedagogical actions to support deep conceptual understanding.

Bernie taught maths in independent prep schools (ages 3 to 13) from 1973 to 2012. He introduced Singapore Maths into his school in 2006 and continued to develop that style of teaching across the school. During that time, he worked with his school’s early years staff to develop their own EYFS maths programme. This programme was based on the Singapore Kindergarten programme and heavily influenced by educational research relating to developing Number Sense in young children.

Since retiring, Bernie has worked as a consultant, both for OUP and independently, helping schools in both the maintained and independent sectors to implement a Singapore approach. He has also been involved in developing materials with OUP to support teachers in the classroom. In order to still have a role working with pupils, Bernie agreed to return to his school in a support role working with teachers, and pupils who need either support or enrichment/challenge. Bernie feels that although there have been many developments in primary maths teaching in the UK, there is more to be achieved at EYFS and secondary levels.

Alge discs and the CPA approach - Sian Thomas, Oxford University Press (Leeds)

Alge discs do not “do” the maths for us but rather are concrete models of variables and integers which support us to explore algebraic concepts and understand the language of mathematics. Often algebra is taught by using symbols alone and for many students we move far too quickly to the abstract symbolic level. Alge discs are a great way to support a CPA approach, ensuring the maths that students are experiencing is hands on, visual and supports them to explain their reasoning and make connections. The alge discs help students focus their attention and support conceptual understanding rather than being over reliant on procedural rules.

Not all algebraic concepts can be modelled using manipulatives but in the 60 minute session we will use alge discs to begin to explore, zero pairs, adding and subtracting, understanding of negative numbers, variables and constants.

The session will be hands on with opportunity to share ideas and develop pedagogical actions to support deep conceptual understanding.

Sian is an independent maths consultant with significant experience of working with a range of schools, educational settings and at local authority level. She is passionate about her subject and where it sits within our everyday experiences; this is evident in all aspects of her work with schools and when delivering training. Siân’s areas of expertise include the development of reasoning skills, deepening learning through CPA in KS1-KS3 and maximising progression through whole school mathematics development.

Sian has been an OUP consultant for six years delivering in school CPD across all primary phases and KS3. Her current work includes the role of lead maths consultant for Barnet LA (EYFS - KS3), delivering OUP IMSI, Numicon and Discovering Mathematics CPD nationally and internationally and managing her own after school maths clubs.

Sian fully believes that all children can do maths and that reasoning, embedded use of manipulatives and well-developed habits of mind will do this.

“The children’s learning must come from their starting point and not ours.”

Logic, Codes, Puzzles - Robert Smith, La Salle Education

This session involves using maths to solve codes and puzzles. From simple addition and subtraction, to data handling and logical thinking, the session will show how we can use mathematical concepts and understanding to explore topics in greater depth.

An opportunity to look at how all students might access a problem. What strategies can be used? Which are the most effective? And Why?

Outline Programme:

  • Time

    Focus
  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Welcome
  • 10:30 - 11:30

    Fraction decimals and percentages - towards a deeper understanding - Roger Ray
  • 11:30 - 12:30

    Alge discs and the CPA approach - Bernie Westacott (Northampton and Southampton) / Sian Thomas (Leeds)
  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Lunch (delegates bring a packed lunch)
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Logic, Codes, Puzzles - Robert Smith
  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Plenary

Locations and Dates:

  • Southampton, Tuesday 4th December

    Cantell School
    Violet Rd, Southampton SO16 3GJ
  • Northampton, Wednesday 5th December

    Simon de Senlis Primary School
    Hilldrop Rd, Northampton, NN4 0PH
  • Leeds, Thursday 6th December

    Mount St Mary's Catholic High School
    Ellerby Rd, Leeds, LS9 8LA

Event Fees

Free

For everyone

Southampton – Tue 04/12/18
Northampton – Wed 05/12/18
Leeds – Thu 06/12/18

Would you like to host an event?

Our MTN events are about the power of collaboration. We believe we are better when we come together and help each other. In this spirit, our regional events are hosted by volunteer schools. If you would like to host an event, please get in touch.

Hosting an event requires:

A main room or hall for workshops & plenary sessions
A member of your staff to deliver a 30 minute opening plenary
Somewhere we can eat our packed lunches together
If you can stretch to it, some tea, coffee and biscuits (we can help with costs if needed)
Your support and liaison up to and throughout the event
Energy and a willingness to share your expertise

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