Looking back on Spring 2023

During the spring term 2023, I delivered a number of face to face as well as on-line sessions for maths subject leads. It’s always so lovely to meet up with subject leads and guide them through what’s been happening in the world of primary maths.

We discussed preparations for MTC and KS2 SATs 2023 and I suggested these great websites to support Y6 teachers: Andrew Jeffrey’s new resource Papers – KS2 MATHS PRACTICE SATS (ks2sats.co.uk) and the always brilliant Primary Resources – MathsBot.com. Check these out and share with appropriate staff.

These questions from NCETM caused much discussion about different approaches and what is really means to be mathematically fluent (Q3 is outside of the KS2 curriculum but still an interesting one to discuss).

How do you ensure pupils are developing their mental methods alongside their written methods?

How are all KS2 teachers developing flexibility as well as accuracy?

The MTC looms large with the guidance document for 2023 now available. This timetable below might support your thinking and planning for the coming term.

Key Questions posed were:

  • How are Y4 progressing?
    How do you know?
  • Who will not be completing the MTC?
  • When will you use the try it out?
  • Which access arrangements might be needed?

Our next on-line meeting is in June. Do email me if you’d like to join us; the sessions are recorded so can be watched at a time and place to suit you.

Y2 and Y6 Assessment 2023

These meetings take place in January each academic year and aim to support Y2 and Y6 teachers to understand the
requirements for end of key stage assessment in English, mathematics and science.

During each day, teachers will have the opportunity to review statutory guidance – including any changes for the current academic year assessment cycle. We will of course reflect the changes to the 2022-2023 assessment arrangements.

These meetings are delivered in conjunction with Clare Hubbard and Wendy Precious.

  • The cost per delegate is £120.
  • This event will take place either face to face (F2F) or via Zoom.
  • The F2F event will take place at Ridgeway Primary School, Grange Road, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 4TU and includes a light lunch.
  • To book your place, please email carolinewinter@msn.com or call 07715 884188