March 1 Event Redriff Primary

Getting Started With Early Algebra
Where: Redriff Primary School

When: 16:00-18:00, Wednesday 1st March.

This event is for primary mathematics coordinators and Year 1 teachers concerned to develop fluency in moving between representations of mathematical ideas. Participants will learn how to introduce algebra to teach all four arithmetic operations and fractions as operators in Year 1, as required in the National Curriculum. To request a place follow this link.


Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham Event

I will be speaking at an event on "Developing primary mathematicians: Lessons learnt from assessing the national curriculum in 2016" hosted by the London Borough of Bexley on Thursday February 9. I will be talking about my work in Key Stage 1 at Bursted Wood Primary School and our use of Gattegno Mathematics and Cuisenaire Rods. Click here for details.

Readings for SE Maths Hub event

Attached are some articles which will be of interest to teachers considering attending our SE Maths event on 5 December. For more information please download the invitation and follow this link.

Download file " PM March15 Getting Started.pdf"
Download file "PM May 2015 Experiences.pdf"
Download file "IntroToCuisenaire.pdf"
Download file "Invitation to Dec5 event.pdf"

ATM Plenary

I gave the Opening Plenary at the Association of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference on April 10. Caleb Gattegno, ATM founder, proposed that learners experience structure and relationships through actions and operations with coloured rods. This is a physical experience that leads to virtual actions and mental images, thence to recording with formal systems of symbols. This approach embodies Gattegno’s belief in algebra before arithmetic.

In this plenary I will explain how we are integrating Gattegno’s approach to early algebra in our school.

I explained how we have been able to put algebra at the heart of KS1 to develop children’s mathematical understanding and confidence. I shared some of the exciting work that children have completed and illustrated how Gattegno’s Numbers in Colour textbooks have inspired our lessons and invigorated our approach to teaching across the school.

I described how we are working with other schools in the Tizard network on the largest systematic study of Gattegno’s approach to learning mathematics since the 1960s.

I am writing an article based on my presentation for a forthcoming edition of Mathematics Teaching. The ATM Conference Officer's report from May MT is below.

Download file "MT256_JiTh.pdf"