Work Group Outline
Work Groups in this project are aimed at schools that are currently developing a teaching for mastery approach in KS1 and KS2. Early Years practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding of how EY best practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and build firm foundations for all children so that they are ready to progress into Year 1. Best practice in Early Years maths can have a significant positive impact on pupils’ learning of maths at KS1 and beyond. This project enables participants to explore how good practice in the early learning of mathematics can promote a ‘bottom up’ approach to strategies for teaching and learning in primary maths, especially when a teaching for mastery approach is used in KS1.
What is involved?
There is the expectation that participants will engage in Gap tasks/ action research relevant to their early years setting through the duration of this project. In addition to this there will be in-school work focusing on the EYFS teacher, Maths Lead and a member of the senior leadership team developing and improving practice which will inform future policy development.
Participants will be expected to attend all workshops. Schools will be expected to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work and gap tasks. Participants may wish to keep a reflection log for their own use and will be asked to contribute to the national evaluation process, through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.
Who can apply?
This is aimed at schools that have a commitment to teaching for mastery.
Schools who take part in the project should send 2 participants a Reception teacher and the math lead or teacher leading on teaching for mastery in the school, to the 3 main sessions. An additional short session will be for senior leaders, so the headteacher or deputy should attend this session. Collaboration between the Reception teacher participating in this Work Group and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery as well as the senior leadership team within the school is vital.
What is the cost?
The Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.
Who will be leading the group?
Zoe Akers – Zoe is a Primary Maths Teaching for Mastery Specialist, Assistant PMS Lead and NCETM PD Accredited lead. She is an experienced EY teacher, Primary Maths subject leader, with MaST qualification. Zoe has undertaken extensive Primary Maths research of how children learn as well as working collaboratively with and hosting teachers from Shanghai.
To book your place on this Work Group, please complete the form below: