NCP19-08 Northampton - Early Years: Supporting from Reception to year 1

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Bridgewater Primary School

Bridgewater Drive

Northampton

NN3 3AF

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Supporting effective transition from Reception to Year 1

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Overview

Many schools are adopting a teaching for mastery approach in mathematics. The starting point for a school is usually Year 1 and then thought is given as to how the approach is built across KS1 and KS2. Schools naturally want to consider the teaching of mathematics in Reception and how the transition to Year 1 can best support children’s learning.

The Work Groups in this project will start by exploring best practice in Early Years and how the principles might build a secure foundation in mathematics for transition into a teaching for mastery approach in Year 1. It will consider the curriculum - what children need to know and understand; approaches to planning and the inclusion of all children; and appropriate resources and contexts for effective learning.

Who is this for?

This project is aimed at schools who are considering or are already committed to teaching for mastery and have previously engaged in a Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Work Group. A pair of teachers should attend from each school: a Reception teacher and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery within the school. One of the sessions will be aimed at senior leaders within the school, and the headteacher or deputy head should attend this session.

What is involved?

Work Groups in this project will typically include three to four days of input across the academic year. How this is allocated will depend on the needs of the participants in the Work Group.

Participants are also expected to engage in research as part of their independent learning through the duration of the project. Specific gap tasks will be set, to allow participants to develop aspects of their learning in their own provision, enable sharing of practice, and allow for further developments to be made across the Work Group.

Intended Outcomes

Participants in this project will:

develop an understanding of a key aspect of effective Early Years maths pedagogy

understand the principles of the NCETM teaching for mastery approach, and how these can be applied appropriately within the context of an Early Years setting

identify and implement effective Early Years pedagogies in their own provision, and gain insight into how they will support children in maths learning as they move to Year 1

promote a positive attitude towards maths, so that all children are seeking out maths in their environment,

demonstrating a willingness to ‘have a go’, and can communicate these ideas.

Dates, time and Venue:

Venue: Bridgewater Primary, Northampton from 09:30 - 15:00 on the following dates:

Monday 16th March 2020

Monday 27th April 2020

Monday 1st June 2020

Expectations of participants and their schools

As this is CPD in the form of a Work Group, participants will be expected to carry out tasks beyond the face-to-face time. They should also be aware that as a Work Group they are developing new knowledge and contributing to a body of knowledge, so should be willing to share their findings more widely.

Participants will be expected to attend all workshops. Schools will be expected to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work and gap tasks.

Day 2 gap task will involve participants working cross-school for a half-day

Each school sends two teachers, one from early years and one from year 1 where possible. On the morning of Day 3 a member of the school's SLT will be welcome to attend.

Who is leading the Work Group?

Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught in three Oxfordshire primary schools. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). This consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme. More recently and whilst working as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant, Nathan has developed a specialism around mathematics in the Early Years, which has contributed to him leading training regional training for Maths Hubs. Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all pupils access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has supported many schools across the country in delivering high quality teaching and learning. In addition to his day job, he works on the Executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers, which develops his understanding about the national mathematics.

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