Since October 2015, Holtspur has been a lead primary school in developing new ways of improving pupil understanding, progress and attainment in Maths. Over the past few years, research has looked at ways that highly successful countries (often in the Far East) teach their pupils Maths. The Department for Education has brought together these ideas with best practice from England to develop a programme known as teaching for mastery. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/south-asian-method-of-teaching-maths-to-be-rolled-out-in-schools
This approach was trialled in two classes last year and is now being rolled out across the school. This is a gradual process as our staff and pupils try out new ways of working and discover what is most effective, but as always, our focus is on achieving high standards of learning for all pupils.
We are also sharing our new expertise with other schools. During the last academic year, teachers from five primary schools visited Holtspur to observe teaching and take part in a teacher research group with Mrs Knight. We are working with a further six schools this year. Mrs Knight was selected to join a group of 70 primary teachers from across England to spend two weeks in Shanghai in November, observing Maths lessons and learning more about what makes their teaching so effective. We are excited that in January two teachers from Shanghai will spend a fortnight at Holtspur, working with pupils in year 1 and year 5. Only 35 primary schools from the whole country will be hosting Chinese teachers, so we were incredibly lucky to be selected. This will mean that all of our staff have the chance to learn from the experts.
Two parent forums were held last year to explain how we are using Maths Mastery to ensure our pupils achieve the three aims of the 2014 primary Maths curriculum – fluency, reasoning and problem solving. There will be further opportunities this year to find out more. If you would like to know more about Maths Mastery and how we are implementing it at Holtspur, please speak to Mrs Knight.
If you would like to know more about Maths Mastery, please visit:
https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/47230 NCETM are working to establish a mastery approach to Maths teaching across England.
http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/find-your-hub/bucks-berks-and-oxon-maths-hub/ Our local Maths Hub, who provide support and training across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
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