A visit to ‘Mastery Pioneers’ St Thomas of Canterbury Primary in Sheffield supported he development of our vision for Maths at WCPS. Our ultimate goal is that all our learners succeed in maths. The stars represent what we feel success will look like, while the flames represent our approach; the fuel we need to get there. Which of these are visible in your classrooms?
Mrs Chambers and Miss Bartley attended some great bar modelling training last week, exploring how we can draw different bars as a pictorial tool to support us answering more complex problems. Try using them in your class to support conceptual understanding!
My mind is buzzing with lots of fantastic new ideas for ICT in the classroom after the NQT training day on Monday. Here are some of the key points from the day and how these could be used to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom 😀!
The presentation for this event:
Click the link HERE to see our evaluation from our wonderful staff:
Mel and I are hoping to deliver some training for LSA’s all about using the iPads. We want to know what you would like help with. Is there a particular app or something you would like to be able to do with the iPads?
Please leave a comment on the padlet below so we can try and design the training session to your needs 🙂
Lots to think about after today’s Mastery English Course. Here is a brief overview of today and what Mastery English looks like in St Thomas of Canterbury School.
The key principle behind mastery English is that every child can achieve with focus on attainment rather than ability.
The teaching of English is is rooted in the use of high quality texts (1 key text per half term of which all learners have a copy) with the teaching of reading comprehension skills, writing and punctuation and grammatical knowledge all delivered in the context of this text.
There are regular opportunities for whole class, teacher modelled and individual reading carefully planned into the teaching sequence. Again the believe is that all learners can access this and this gives all learners the opportunity to immerse themselves in a text.
Lessons are carefully planned to scaffold learning so that all can access and pre learning tasks or same day intervention are used to address any misconceptions or ensure that learners needing extra support are given this so that they are ready to move on with the rest of the class.. There are regular “checkpoints” in each lesson to assess understanding through carefully planned questions. The lesson structure ensures that there are well planned opportunities for “going deeper” in each session.
High quality example text extracts are on display in each classroom.
Marking and feedback is extremely precise and always related directly to the learning objective. A sticker system is used with the whole class receiving the same sticker which is highlighted according to their next steps ( see photo for example of this). Learners are either asked to “practise” or “deepen” their understanding. Any response to feedback is done on green pen so it is really clear to see how learning has moved forward as a result of feedback.
2 websites worth checking out
How is your Maths Help Desk supporting learning in your class? How is the teacher Maths Help Desk supporting you? What’s the impact folks? Add your thoughts to the padlet below.
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