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19TAA - Maths Mastery Taster Sessions - Problem Solving - Event 2

About this course


Teaching for Mastery is underpinned by the principle that children will acquire a deep, long term and adaptable understanding of Maths. There are Five Big Ideas which underpin Teaching for Mastery. This programme will explore in greater depth three of these principles over three half days.

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Event 1 - Fluency

What does fluency mean? How can we support children to gain automaticity of key addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts without causing maths anxiety? This session will explore these questions as well as offering practical solutions to support schools in developing children's mathematical fluency across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with a particular focus on the acquisition of multiplication facts.


Event 2 - Problem Solving

How can all children be supported to become confident, accurate problem solvers? What routines can we integrate into school to develop children's skills at problem solving and reasoning? In this session approaches to developing problem solving for all children will be shared and opportunities given for participants to plan approaches for their own classes.


Event 3 - Variation

What does variation mean? What is the difference between conceptual and procedural variation? What are the benefits of planning for variation on a child's understanding of a mathematical concept? How can I plan to sequence lessons and activities to connect mathematical concepts? As well as offering answers to these questions, this session will look in detail at examples of variation in practice and explore how to embed this into classroom practice.


By the end of this course participants will:

  • understand the principles of a Teaching for Mastery approach in the Maths classroom

  • explore three principles in greater details (Fluency, Problem Solving and variation) and understand how these principles can be planned for

  • develop practical ideas and routines to embed these approaches into their classroom practice

  • have an opportunity to discuss and share practice with colleagues


These sessions are run in partnership between South Tyneside and the Great North Maths Hub.


Expected Impact on Schools:

Improve pupil achievement through teachers'

  • improved understanding of the across the primary age range

  • identification of areas for development in their own practice


Target Group: KS1 & KS2 Primary Practitioners and Maths Subject Leaders





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