14th October 2021
Our Maths Leads met to discuss their individual school curriculum approaches to the teaching and learning of Maths. Our leads were then able to ask questions in order to further their own individual understanding.
Each leader was asked to bring something to the meeting that they felt was working particularly well - this ranged from a specific resource, intervention or way of recording maths for specific learners.
The result was a rich discussion that ensured that all of our leaders had something to think about in order to move their subject forward.
Maths Leads Network Meeting - 3rd February 2022
This month, our Maths Leads from across the Trust got together to discuss what Maths was looking like in our schools. We spent time looking at data and using our Insight tool to really analyse what our end of Autumn 2 information was telling us. This led to a discussion about the similarities and differences in the data and just how we are ensuring that teachers are plugging gaps in basic number knowledge to enable children to then move on and make progress in their learning.
This led on to a discussion about times tables. As leads, we felt that colleagues are great at the rapid recall of times tables facts, but more consideration needs to be given to the actual teaching of times tables. We have therefore created a times tables booklet of practical ideas that will be heading to our schools son - watch this space!
Maths Leader Network Meeting 17th May 2022
We discussed how we felt about the KS2 SATs papers from last week and the implications that these may have on the teaching and learning of Maths going forward. Copies of the papers were provided for colleagues unfamiliar to year 6 to look at.
Discussion was had around what we are now currently doing to ensure that our Year 6 children are secondary ready and what are the plans being put in place to support the current Year 5s to get them ready for Year 6.
Colleagues were asked to bring with them a selection of books from a year group where there are concerns over the data. We spent some time looking in books to see if there were any possible answers as to why attainment may be low or progress slower than expected. After discussions and time looking in books, all leaders had questions to consider and actions to follow up on. The follow up to these will form part of the Maths audits that some of our schools have coming up before the end of the academic year.
We discussed the procedure for subject audits and time was given for leads to look through the current format of questions to see if there were any that could be adapted to suit the needs of out Trust.
John explained to the Leads the direction of travel for the subject audits going in to the next academic year as the hope is that they will become more peer review in style and allow our Maths leads an in-house CDP opportunity.