27 June – 1 July

27 June – 1 July

A week of world records, summer assessments and birthday celebrations …

Monday: Beth began her week in a fluster! She was stuck for 45 minutes in ring road traffic whilst on her way to deliver a Concrete Pictorial Abstract course for PGCE students at Leeds University. She quickly carried her box of resources and arrived just in time, much to everyone’s relief! The session received some excellent feedback with one delegate stating that she had a fabulous time and cannot wait to put the techniques discovered into practice when she begins her first teaching role in September.

Tuesday: Kelsey and Beth attended a lesson study training event with the North West One Maths Hub. The session was brilliant and focused on fractions. An interesting method of calculating fractions was demonstrated to the group and involved sandwiches. However, the thought of splitting three sandwiches between five people made Kelsey and Beth hungry so they stopped off on their return for a full lunch! Meanwhile, at the hub’s headquarters the team had an intense day putting the finishing touches on the CPD programme for next year. The brochure was completed in world record time and will be available at our Maths: everyone can conference on 6 July.

Wednesday: Kelsey delivered the very first Place Value course at The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds. Delegates particularly enjoyed the Maths Jenga game, complete with sweets for the winners. The game went down a treat and we suspect it will be making a reappearance at future events. One delegate stated that the course was practical and very well delivered, scoring it a 10 out of 10 – much to Kelsey’s delight. In the afternoon, Beth finalised the Summer assessments and to reward herself she went to collect a very special delivery– a new car! She is hoping that it will be able to fit in more Maths Hub resources than her old one!

Thursday: Today was Tony’s birthday. To celebrate the team, including Paul who had landed back from Japan especially for the occasion, shared a Connie the caterpillar cake. We would like to wish Tony a very happy birthday and hope that he enjoyed his day. In the afternoon, Jenny and Edele were part of a huge maths production line as they made up delegate packs for our Maths: everyone can conference. With places almost fully booked, we recommend you book here today to avoid disappointment. We will be launching our top secret project at the event and if you cannot wait until look out for our sneak previews @WRMathsHub.

Friday: Tony and Paul enjoyed catching up about Paul’s recent trip to Japan as they made their way down to London to deliver training to Maths Leads within a large academy trust. Whilst Paul was in Japan he learned all about the ‘lesson study’ approach and how Japanese teachers deliver mathematics through problem solving. I’m sure he’ll be sharing his findings with the Maths Hub community sometime soon, so watch this space. We are pleased to confirm that he successfully mastered the phrase “I’m allergic to fish” in a whole new language! As this diary goes out, a very enthusiastic group are enjoying Paul’s training on questioning.

We are pleased to announce that the much-anticipated summer assessments have now been released and are available to download here.