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Good whole school approaches to Maths?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by SouthGlosHead, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. My school is looking for any effective approaches to teaching maths which schools may have adopted from either an external organisation (e.g. big Maths by Andrell Education) , an individual author or a school which has innovated their own outstanding provision? We're not really after a maths 'scheme' but more interesting ways to enhance teaching which have proved to work. Please let me know if you have found something which has had real impact in your school.
  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    I think it would also be helpful if you described your school ( obviously without giving away too much information ).
    For instance, we have a lot of very effective strategies which work for us, but we are a very specialised school with a lot of resources and small classes. What we do may not be feasible unless you are a similar school.
  3. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    And Key stage - or at least if you're secondary, middle, primary...
  4. Chezz

    Chezz New commenter

    In my school we use Beam 'You Can Do it' as open ended maths investigations, as well as 'Maths Out Loud' (same publisher - both written by Peter Clarke). We are expected to plan one of these each week. The first promotes investigations with little teacher input and the second encourages use of explanation, reasoning and mathematical vocab.

    We also use Wigans Mental Maths Tests - these come in 3 blocks (one for each term). The first test is delivered as a test. The rest in each block are delivered as a mental maths activity where the concepts are taught/revised and strategies discussed. The first test is repeated when you reach the end of the block. The Maths Co-ord analyses the results across the school. Results have indicated that the strategy works and results have improved.

    We use Maths Whizz for a variety of teaching activities and have recently signed up for on-line tutorials for children who have not made the expected progress. The tutorials are launched after the child has completed an assessment; the programme automatically adjusts the level of difficulty according to the child's progress. This can be monitored by teachers and child's progress and usage can be viewed. KS1 also do Daily Digits, but I'm afraid I do not know much about them. KO for each year group are closely monitored and reviewed every couple of weeks and helps to inform planning, individual targets and interventions.

    Our Maths Co-ord. has monitored sub knowledge of Teachers and some attended a 'Five day Maths course' run by the LA. We have also received LA led INSET. Our maths co-ord is brilliant for support and advice and often reminds us that she has drop-in sessions one day a week.

    Not sure if this is what you wanted - our school is in the top 3 for maths results across the Borough so we must be doing something right! Hope that helps.

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