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Making Maths Visible
Webinar – 9 February 2015
Lisa Featherstone
• Background
• Workshops
• Preparing for Maths Week
• Survey and Competition
• Maths Week
• Further work?
Background to the project
• Shared learning grant from the DfE
• The bid aims to improve the teaching of maths to students with
learning difficulties or disabilities by collaboration and sharing of
approaches, resources and challenges when teaching foundation level
• Collaboration and Sharing are the key to this programme.
We discovered
• A wealth of knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and creative and
innovative expertise.
• All workshop attendees are offering discrete maths teaching sessions
• All providers embed maths teaching in the rest of their curriculum.
Visible Maths
• something you probably all do
but we just want you to make a
bit more fuss about it!
• Not all students will be doing calculations but will be doing maths at a
pre-numeracy stage
• Concepts can include
positional words (in front, under, left or right)
Size (big, small etc.)
Comparative (larger, fatter, quicker)
Shapes (square, circle etc.)
Resources from the workshops
• Games such as bingo themed around number and shapes
• Monopoly with each set of coloured ‘streets’ having a shared maths
theme (number, operator etc.)
• Resources to help teaching music theory – ratio between a minim,
quaver etc.
• Maths anywhere app
• Manga High
Embedding maths
• Opportunities for maths within a session identified in the session
• Shared and maintained a uniform approach to maths teaching and
shared these experiences across all curriculum areas.
• Maths expert in each organisation is a crucial role to ensure cross
curricula teaching is linked and uses the same methods and language.
Maths Week
• 23 – 27 February
• Opportunity for everyone to celebrate and share all the maths
activities that they are doing as part of their everyday life and work.
• Chance to do a bit extra to make maths more visible in your
• Share – share - share!
Research Question
‘How are you designing and delivering maths within your curriculum?’
Best practice in the delivery of maths for learners with disabilities or
difficulties is that in which the teaching and support staff clearly
understand the concepts, processes and elements of mathematical
principles and can relate them to the learners’ experiences.
We have made a start on the question but need help from you.
Please share your resources
• No matter how simple, please let us see what you are using
• Peer learning or peer assessment – how do you manage it?
• Session plans or schemes of work?
• Resources to aid embedding of maths across the curriculum
• Is anyone using computer games for maths – Minecraft or even
Temple Run (shout right, left, jump each time you have to swerve?)
Preparing for Maths Week – whatever works
for you.
• Making your own maths resources
• Sharing maths jokes – making a book of maths jokes, or videos of students
telling them
• Maths displays around college
• A maths celebration
• Link maths and performing arts – maths song, dance
• A maths challenge or quiz
• Hold an auction of unwanted Christmas presents, or of promises
• A survey
Pizza Toppings – a national survey
Using the polling tool on the left of the screen please choose the letter
that corresponds to your favourite.
Margherita - cheese and tomato
Chicken Tandoori
Hawaiian - Ham and Pineapple
Mushroom and vegetables
You can download your survey form from the Natspec website
Collecting the results
• A show of hands for each group?
• Boxes for each person to add a voting slip or token indicating their
• A technology system to collect votes?
• How much maths is involved – counting, collating, entering data,
discussion the results.
• Please tell us what you did – there is a box on the form!
Submitting your results
• Email the forms to me by Monday 23 February at 4 pm.
[email protected]
The Competition
• We will make the raw data available on Tuesday 24 February.
• Present the data in any form you like – be creative and innovative.
Pie/Pizza chart
Data presented on video with both the data and the conclusions draw from it.
Write and perform a song
Work with another local college and produce a joint piece of work?
• Make them relevant and in a format your students will understand.
Closing Date
• Friday 6th March.
• Entries can be in any form.
• If you have very large files, let me know and I will arrange a link to a
Dropbox folder.
• Winners will be announced on Monday 16 March.
• We will judge the entries and winners will receive pizza aprons!
Social Media - #visiblemaths
• Please use the hashtag if you post anything onto social media
• We will be tweeting and sharing ideas, content, maths jokes and
• Send your posts to me if you are uncomfortable posting them
After Maths Week
• Would you like to carry on the conversation?
• Would a forum or email list be something you may be interested in
• Please use the tick or cross option on the left hand side to indicate if
you would like to have a forum or list created to continue to share
and collaborate on this topic.
• Content, resources and ideas will be collated and a draft report will be
presented at the Natspec Conference in March.
Dates to remember
• 23 – 27 February Maths Week
• 23 February 2015 – survey returns
• 24 February – survey data published on the Natspec website
• 6 March – data presentations submitted
• 16 March – competition results announced.
Questions and contact details
• Email [email protected]
• @notlob
• #visiblemaths

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