Upcoming CPD for mathematics

It’s all go at this time of year. We are in the middle of exam season having gone through end of KS2 SATs, completed end of KS1 SATs and then the last GCSE mathematics paper yesterday. You feel like you have some give in the timetable to start getting ready for next year but before you know it, it’s the end of term and you haven’t done half of the jobs you intended to.

I do have some CPD coming up before the end of term that might be of interest to you and/or your school. There now may be that opportunity to release you from your class. Go to www.robsnaith.co.uk for further details and booking.

North Midlands and Peak Maths Hub Conference – 5 July 2018

I never thought I would be in a position of being able to say that I am speaking at the same event as Johnny Ball but yes I will be. Johnny and I will both be speaking at the NCETM North Midlands and Peak Maths Hub Conference for Secondary and FE colleagues on Thursday 5 July 2018 at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University. Well he’ll be delivering the keynote and I’ll be delivering a workshop of my work as a work group lead for exploring ‘Challenging topics at GCSE’. The focus of this work group has been ratio and proportion across both KS3 and 4 and I’ll be sharing some of the ideas and activities we have been exploring.

See this flyer for more details and use this link for booking your free place.

Johnny and I hope to see you there! 

Using Numicon and other concrete resources to develop secure understanding in fractions

Thursday 21st June 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm

This course is aimed at teachers and TAs and will discuss the CPA approach and why it is so important for teachers to use manipulatives in the classroom at both KS1 and 2 particularly when working with fractions. Learners often find fractions a tricky topic and apparatus can allow for learners to demonstrate a deeper understanding. 

We will explore how different manipulatives (Numicon, Multilink cubes, counters, bead strings, Cuisenaire rods, counting sticks, dice, dominoes) can support conceptual understanding in fractions in the primary setting. 


Course Content:

  • To gain an understanding of how to make best use of manipulatives in the classroom when teaching fractions. 
  • To experience activities that allow learners to express themselves mathematically using apparatus.
  • To consider the use of resources such as Numicon as part of a CPA approach for teaching fractions.

To book your place, please visit www.robsnaith.co.uk


Visiting Student Teachers

As part of my work with Sheffield Hallam University, I have the real privilege of visiting the next generation of mathematics teachers in their host schools in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Each time I observe a lesson, I always learn something and it gives me the opportunity to reflect on my own teaching and CPD delivery. Today I’ve been thinking about the structure of questions offered to pupils after watching a year 7 lower set tackle the topic of algebraic substitution. Why did I use to throw more complex expressions alongside negative numbers, BIDMAS?….recipe for disaster really. It also made me consider how these Y7 pupils can be exposed to reasoning and problem solving with their newly practised skills. This very much ties in with my work as a NCETM work group lead looking at ratio and proportion and how we expose pupils to the different types of questions.

On another note, I am always amazed about the tenacity and rambunctiousness of  young people and their capacity to still make me smile. Quote from a Y8 pupil: “I don’t mean to be rude, I’m enjoying your company but who are you?”