Autumn term 2020 on-line CPD programme

It is going to be a very strange autumn term where it is unlikely that I will be able to be in school delivering CPD face to face (at least in the first half term).

However technology has shown us that we don’t always have to be in the same room to come together. I am offering on-line sessions every Tuesday during September and October 2020 after school using the Zoom platform at a great price of £20 – from my home to wherever you are.

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CPD for you at home

I have a number of on-line CPD sessions available for purchase. These can be downloaded and then enjoyed at your convenience for the bargain price of £20 per title (until mid Sept). It’s been a strange experience recording them at my home but all are hands on learning and I hope give pause for thought, ideas and practical ideas to use in the classroom or develop within your own school. These might form part of your maths CPD for the year as we work in very different circumstances. Visit Teachers Courses and Resources to purchase.

There are 10 titles in total spanning KS1 and 2. At the moment, it seems unlikely I can be with you in school during Autumn 1 but I can be with you virtually. You may prefer (or not!) to interact with me (in a live sense) so all of these sessions can be delivered from my house to your socially distanced space – contact me for details.

developing number bonds to 20 in KS1establishing the foundations of place value
getting to grips with year 2progression in fractions
exploring key ideas in years 3 and 4progression in multiplication
exploring key ideas in years 5 and 6developing a love for algebra
an introduction to bar modellinggetting KS2 arithmetic to stick

New Skills during Covid 19

This strange situation that we all find ourselves in have I suppose had some advantages….. I try to look for the positives! We are all learning new skills – whether it be baking banana bread or growing vegetables. This lockdown has given me the opportunity to learn new skills. I had never even heard of Zoom in February but now I’m trying to get be head around scheduling meetings and organising breakout rooms! My network meetings will be taking place virtually and I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all.

Another new skills I have been acquiring is the use of Padlet. This was in response to a subject leader contacting me about CPD for her staff during this terrible situation. I’ve organised some ideas which you may wish to share with your staff. Password: MATHS

Primary Network Meetings: Spring 2020

I almost made it to the end of the spring term mathematics network meetings. Unfortunately due to the current situation, I was unable to deliver at the meeting for Uttoxeter schools. As always, we discussed a whole range of issue both at a national level and more local one. Ofsted deep dives, EEF report Improving Mathematics in EYs/KS1 and the MTC were key topics of discussion.

We discussed resources that we finding useful and I shared the Swimming in Maths website. We discussed the maths in this picture and then went onto explore the links between square and triangular numbers.

In addition, we explored the NCETM Primary Mastery PD materials, in particular unit 2.6 quotitive and partitive division. Lots of discussion about the language of multiplication and division – when do you introduce the language of dividend, divisor and quotient?

Hopefully, we can resume network meetings in June. I have time to look into alternative methods of delivery.

Keep safe and healthy.