Maths Mastery with Janet Smith

The How and What of Maths Mastery; variation, CPA, reasoning and problem solving & Making the Maths Memorable!

Description

Registration closes on Friday 20th March 2020. Places are limited so sign up early.

Each day will be workshop based with a balance of presentation, discussion, group activities and reading, and the sessions will focus on both improving individual subject knowledge as well as sharing teaching ideas to take back into the classroom.

Target Audience: Year 1 - 6 classroom teachers and subject leaders

Resources: all resources for the course will be provided, participants will also receive a complimentary booklet of "Games and Activities to Develop Times-tables" to use back in school.

All refreshments for the two days are included in the course cost.

Day 1: The How and What of Maths Mastery; variation, CPA, reasoning and problem solving

The day will:

  • Improve teachers’ subject knowledge of key mathematical concepts
  • Improve teachers’ understanding of variation and CPA (concrete- pictorial- abstract) approaches
  • Explore different strategies, including bar modelling, to embed reasoning and problem-solving within topics
  • Explore powerful visual and practical models and images for key mathematical concepts
  • Promote the use of manipulatives across all year groups to support learning in maths

 Day 2: Making the Maths Memorable!

The day will:

  • Consider the latest research into memory and learning and its application in maths
  • Look at long-, medium- and short-term planning for maths, including more creative approaches
  • Explore the implications of assessing maths without levels and the evidence that could be collected, including knowledge organisers and journal

Each day will be workshop based with a balance of presentation, discussion, group activities and reading, and the sessions will focus on both improving individual subject knowledge as well as sharing teaching ideas to take back into the classroom.

Hotel and Transport

  • Hotel Website
  • The recommended hotel is the Park Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road
  • The hotel is a 10-15 minute drive from school.
  • To book the Park Alexandra please contact jennifer.xue@parkhotelgroup.com.
  • We will provide a bus between the hotel and school.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport from other hotels in Singapore.

Airport Transfer

  • Taxis from the Changi International Airport to the city where the hotels are located will cost approximately S$25-35 and it takes about 15-20 minutes. Surcharges may apply if you are travelling during peak hours (30% surcharge on Weekdays: 7-9.30am and 5-8pm) or after midnight (50% surcharge).

Getting Around

  • You can download the Grab app to book taxis (this is the Singapore equivalent to Uber).
  • You can call a taxi on +65 6555333 or +65 65521111
  • If you choose to use the MRT the nearest station to school is One North. One North is a 10 minute walk from school. 

Other Information

  • Weather: it is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls occasionally, usually in sudden, heavy showers that rarely last longer than an hour, so it's wise to carry an umbrella at all times, both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.
  • Tipping: 10% service charge is usually included in the bill. In such cases tipping is not necessary. Tipping of taxi drivers is not customary.
  • Water: water from the tap is safe for drinking. We do not provide plastic bottles of water at school. Please bring your own water bottle, we have lots of water fountains at school that you can use to refill them. 

 

 

Speakers

About Janet

Janet has over 20 years’ teaching and advisory experience, nationally and internationally, specialising in primary mathematics. She has been a Local Authority Adviser for both primary mathematics and school improvement, and a Senior Adviser with the DfE National Strategies, working with schools in challenging circumstances across London. She was part of the national team that developed The Improving Schools Programme (ISP) and Primary Stronger Management Systems (pSMS); both were evaluated as outstanding school improvement models.

Janet is currently the Moderation Manager for Lewisham Council, with responsibility for Phonics, KS1 and KS2 Statutory Assessment. Prior to this she was part of their team of School Improvement Officers, providing support to 20 primary schools, delivering maths training and line managing the Home Education Team.

As a specialist in primary mathematics she works with schools to strengthening subject knowledge and progression and improve quality first teaching. More importantly she strives to make maths a vibrant and exciting part of the curriculum and help teachers and children to see the fun and fascination of the subject!

Janet is also Chair of Governors at an outstanding infant school in Kent and a parent governor at a secondary academy.

Janet has worked with Tanglin Teachers in the Infant and Junior school for the past three years supporting Infant and Junior class teachers and Maths Heads of Curriculum.

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