- Understand the progressive stages of development in number.
- Understand how strategy and knowledge are interrelated.
- Identify clear links between the Number Framework with National Curriculum levels and National Standards.
Now if I'm being honest, when I read these key points at the beginning of the meeting, my enthusiasm was not at its highest, and I was expecting to leave the staffroom at 5pm in a more typical 'post staff-meeting fashion'. However, once we got started, I realised that these were in fact the exact points I have been working to understand better in my own inquiry into maths. For my own head I translated the points of focus to:
- What do learners need to understand at each stage.
- Where, When and How do strategy and knowledge relate.
- How do the Pink books connect to the curriculum.
A selection of slides from Jo's presentation
A key point that I took away from the PD was that learners who are stuck at a lower stage of maths in their knowledge, will have a hard time (or be unable to) use a strategy from a higher stage. I suddenly thought about my boys who seem to be stuck at stage 5, and realised this is part of where I have been going wrong. They are still battling with grouping and place value, and this is preventing them from moving onto new strategies for solving trickier problems.
I feel more confident in targeting their specific needs now going forward in their lessons.