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Local Innovation Work Groups

In the Archimedes North East Maths Hub we currently have a range of exciting projects running throughout the region in both primary and secondary schools with the aspirational aim to develop the teaching and learning of mathematics so that our standards match those of the best on the international stage.

With an action research model of practice, each project has a narrow focus on a key aspect of pedagogy.

We welcome collaborations from schools and colleges in our area so if you have a project in mind that you think will have an impact on pupils’ learning get in touch with our team

Current Local Work Group Projects -follow their progress and see how it can benefit your pupils’ learning journey.

View our 2016-17 Local Work Groups here

SEMH School and the impact of pictorial representations

Project Rationale
“236,805 pupils have a statement of special educational needs or EHC plan. This is an increase of 640 since 2015, but remains equal to 2.8% of the total pupil population. 991,980 pupils are on SEN support. This is equal to 11.6% of the total pupil population.” DfE Special Education needs in England: January 2016

This clearly highlights a need to improve the provision for pupils with SEND which is currently not being addressed on a national scale.

How does a mastery curriculum impact on pupils learning and outcomes in special schools?

Aim(s) of research
To carry out a bespoke project for Secondary pupils accessing Primary curriculum in a SEMH School with a specific focus on the use and impact of representations and structures effect on pupils learning and outcomes.

Recruiting schools now to join this group. Please contact Laura Wild to find out more.
lwild@carmel.org.uk

How do you teach times tables? Is chanting times tables enough?

Project Rationale
“When procedures are accompanied by even a minimal appreciation of the mathematical structures which make them effective and which provide criteria for appropriateness, learning shifts to focusing on re-construction based on re-membering (literally) rather than relying totally on photographic or rote memory.” Mason 2010 Many schools are currently focussing on teaching times tables, but many schools are asking How should we teach them?

Aim(s) of research
What do the pupils need to know? What do the pupils need to do to learn them? What order should we teach them in? Is chanting enough? What language should we use?

Recruiting schools now to join this group. Please contact Laura Wild to find out more.
lwild@carmel.org.uk

Planning effectively for mixed -aged classes

Project Rationale
To utilise the mixed aged plans created in 2016-17

Aim(s) of research
Understand what mastery is and how to achieve it in mixed age classes
Recognise the unique features of mastery in mixed age classrooms
Be able to plan mathematics lessons in a time efficient and sustainable way in mixed age classrooms
Pupils access an age appropriate curriculum and learn with mathematics with depth and breadth in a mixed setting

Recruiting schools now to join this group. Please contact Laura Wild to find out more.
lwild@carmel.org.uk

Does repetition deepen and develop understanding?

Project Rationale
Dahlin and Watkins (2000) assert that the traditional Asian practice of repetition can create a deep impression on the mind and enhance memorisation, but they also argue that repetition can be used to deepen and develop understanding. Stem sentences are used to generalise key concepts but what is the impact of using these on pupil outcomes?

Aim(s) of research
Subject knowledge will be further developed.
Teachers using stem sentences will have a clear understanding of the coherent journey of learning for key mathematical themes and deepen their subject knowledge.
Teachers will break down learning objections into a series of learning episodes which take small steps and ensure coherent learning journey is taken by all pupils
Pupils will be taught as a whole group.
Gaps will be narrowed in pupils’ learning.
All pupils will learn at greater depth and be able to use language more effectively and speak in clear sentences..