20 June – 24 June

20 June – 24 June

A week of helicopter landings, place value revelations and how it all got too much for our youngest maths fan …

Monday: The team were glad to hear that Paul had arrived safely in Japan.  Kelsey kicked off the week by delivering an exciting primary twilight session for Leaders Improving Mathematics Education in Oldham. 70 teachers attended the session with some travelling from as far as Wales! After the session, Kelsey decided to take Chunky (the mischievous dog featured in our May diary) and his best friend Buster on a walk. They were happy to be reunited after a long time apart and it gave Kelsey a well-deserved break from putting the finishing touches on our Summer Assessments. You’ll be happy to hear that the assessments will be released in coming weeks so keep an eye out for them!

Tuesday: Beth trained a group of 20 teaching assistants at Rawson Primary School. The session focused on how place value counters can be used to deliver four operations lessons and transform the way that students learn. The session was a success, with attendees commenting that they left the session with lots of fresh ideas and food for thought. Our Place Value for Mastery course is next Wednesday and if your school would like to get in on the action, we recommend you attend this practical and supportive course. There are a limited number of places available, so don’t delay and book your place here today.

Wednesday: Hayley was up with the larks for an early morning venue visit at Leeds United Stadium. This is where our Maths: everyone can conference is taking place on 6 July 2016. The inspiring day will show that everyone has the potential to succeed in maths. With a world-class line up of speakers including Dan Haesler, Dr Barry Hymer and Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, and the reveal of our top secret project – the conference is not to be missed! For Darcie, Hayley’s two year old daughter, the early morning was all too much. She fell asleep whilst waiting for Hayley to get ready – despite being asked to count to 15,  the number that clever Darcie can already count to. Clearly, Hayley has been inspired to take the maths lessons home!

Thursday: Caroline had some rock star visitors today. With guitars and wigs at the ready, you may have thought she was gearing up for a rock concert, but instead she was welcoming none other than Baz Wynter for The Times Tables Rock Wrangle event. Caroline and Baz led students and teachers in answering times tables challenges against the clock – the quicker you answer the higher your Rock Star status rises. It is safe to say that the students unleashed their inner rock stars and put the teachers to shame! As the day drew to a close, the group had one final surprise. The overall winner of the day won the Rock Star worthy prize of a helicopter ride.

Friday: James (one of our resident secondary teachers) visited Robert Clack school in Dagenham to observe statistics research lessons. During his visit James met Professor Keiichi Nishimura from Tokyo Gakugei University and was intrigued to hear of his findings from lesson studies in the UK. The team are looking forward to welcoming Keiichi back in September to take part in our Core Maths lesson study project. Details to follow! Meanwhile back in the hub office, Emily Fox was still beaming from the success of her TSST session delivered in partnership with NCETM’s Director for Primary, Debbie Morgan. Delegates were introduced to the use of concrete objects to represent negative calculations and bar modelling techniques. The group loved the day and were full of praise and positivity – no wonder Emily can’t stop smiling!

If you snooze you might lose out on your place at our Maths: everyone can conference, so be sure to book here.