Wiltshire Primary Mathematics Conference
Featuring Keynote talks by:
• Professor Mike Askew - internationally renowned Mathematician, speaker and author of Transforming Primary Mathematics.
Reasoning: The heart of mathematics
Reasoning is at the heart of learning and doing mathematics. But evidence points to reasoning not getting as much attention in mathematics lessons as it might. In this keynote Mike will explore why it is important that all children get to engage in mathematical reasoning, and why reasoning is complementary to, but not directly dependent upon, fluency and problem solving. We will explore practical strategies for bringing reasoning into the heart of all mathematics teaching, and making mathematics learning engaging, challenging and productive.
Workshop: Generalising as a habit of mind.
Habits develop when we consistently engage in actions, little and often. If we want pupils to be habitual generalisers, then we must give them frequent opportunities to do so. This workshop will explore a number of 5- to 10- minute activities that can engage pupils in regular opportunities to generalise.
• Craig Barton (mrbartonmaths.com) - national speaker, presenter of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, author of 'How I Wish I'd Taught Maths' and co-founder of DiagnosticQuestions.com
• In his keynote talk Craig will be talking about how educational research has changed the way he teaches mathematics, together with simple, practical, effective strategies to put this research into practice.
Workshop: Making the Most of worked examples
• In his workshop he will be sharing ideas on making the most of worked examples, including Example-Problem Pairs, Silent Teacher and Show Call.
Additional workshops to be confirmed
Primary Disadvantaged Learner Lead network meetings
We will provide national Pupil Premium updates and in addition, we will cover two interesting and vital areas for Disadvantaged Learners this term:
(1) The July 2018 Education Policy Institute Report - Education in England - considers how the disadvantage gap has changed since 2011 and how it varies across the country.
Whilst we will refer to this report and the reference it makes to the Primary phase, we will spend time looking at practical implications for classroom practice, and how we can link three areas of research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Mastery, Metacognition and Peer Tutoring, into classroom activity that has the potential to really make a difference for Disadvantaged Learners.
(2) We are fortunate to be joined at these meetings by Ian Abbott from the SEND Service (Cognition & Learning), who – with his particular perspectives - will lead us in useful ways through aspects of the Growth Mindset approach, and the relevance and support this can provide for our most vulnerable learners.
Only open to Wiltshire LA schools and academies