Blog: Sara Castledine , Director of Primary | Posted: 21/08/14
As September 1st approaches and all of our teachers prepare for the year ahead, we thought we would lend you our Top Ten Tips for success. These are written with a focus on Primary lessons, but the principles will apply to Secondary level too. Good luck with them and keep us updated as to your progress!
Familiarise yourself with the toolkit and all relevant documents for your year group. The Mathematics Mastery toolkit is an online professional development resource – it includes embedded professional development materials such as planning guides, task sheets, as well as forums to discuss current issues and e-learning modules to support teachers with different aspects of the Mathematics Mastery curriculum.
Know the Programme of Study for your year group. Download the Programme of Study and Curriculum for Depth from the toolkit to find out the starting point for your year group. It is important to speak to the teacher who taught your year group previously to learn more about your pupils and consider how you might meet the differing needs of your pupils using a ‘depth before breadth’ approach.
Know the first unit. Find the planning guides, task sheets, IWBs, assessment tasks and additional resources for the first unit. Plan the first week of the first unit in depth so that you are confident and comfortable when teaching. Look at differentiation through depth – how can you do this for the first week? Give yourself time to reflect on the lessons and what worked well and remember to allow for flexibility when starting a new programme.
Timetable for Mathematics Mastery. Plan out the first half of the autumn term only – remember it may take some time to become accustomed to the six-part lesson for you and for your pupils. At the beginning of the term, you may find that some lessons will need more time while you and your pupils are becoming familiar with the six-part lesson and transitions. Allow time for flexibility where more time can be spent on consolidation and revisiting lessons when necessary. Use the Mathematics Mastery timetable tool to support you with mapping out lessons and with keeping track of where you are in the programme to ensure that you are able to teach the whole programme over the course of the year.
Plan for Maths Meetings and transitions. Maths Meetings occur daily for 10-15 minutes and are used to consolidate key areas of learning. Familiarise yourself with the Maths Meetings guides for your year group. Spend some time finding songs/rhymes/chants that will consolidate this key learning. A Maths Meeting board needs to be established in the classroom – this should be in an area that all children can gather around and is clearly visible. There are ideas for Maths Meetings on the toolkit to help you get started.
Manage the resources. Familiarise yourself with the resource list provided on the Mathematics Mastery toolkit and ensure that you have a suitable bank of resources for use in your classroom. It is important to remember that manipulatives must be used in each lesson and all pupils must have access to them.
Sharing is caring. Speak to your colleagues about what is happening with Mathematics Mastery in your classroom – share ideas and topics that worked well and let Mathematics Mastery grow in your school.
Seek advice from the network and us. Seek advice from experienced Mathematics Mastery schools through the forum on our Toolkit. There are many schools already implementing Mathematics Mastery that will have practical advice and tips. Why not arrange a visit to a school? And remember the Mathematics Mastery team will endeavour to help in any way that we can! Email us if you have any questions, especially in the first month which can be quite challenging. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun! Make sure that the lessons and Maths Meetings are as lively, interactive and practical as they can be with pupils fully engaged – you will all enjoy the lesson by doing so!
And finally …Don’t panic! The first half of term 1 is said to be the most challenging for teachers and pupils – you are both getting used to a new structure of six part lessons and Maths Meetings and you may feel that it is hard to fit everything in. Stick with it! Once teachers and pupils are familiar with the structure, teachers have commented how the MM programme has supported their professional development as well as their pupils’ progress.
The photograph at the top of the page shows a tweet picture from Nicola Darling of Lyon’s Hall, all ready for her Maths Meetings. Tweet us your preparations too!