Primary Mathematics Hub

Main aims of the project

We aim to connect teachers in our schools, keen to network, develop and collaborate.

Central to our work is shared professional learning as a ‘joint practice group’; an opportunity for willing teachers to get together, primarily in their own time, to research and trial ideas and activities around a common shared problem.  The group will be led by one of the team with experience of peer leadership who will commit to input as well as facilitating discussion and sharing findings.

This year’s joint practice group will focus solely on Year 4. For many years, Year 4 has not had any statutory assessment, and, as the weight and pace of the curriculum builds, children can often drift or begin to slip. It is not a year where teachers have routine access to CPD. It is often where our less experienced teachers sit.

However next year, Year 4 is key with the introduction of the Times Table Check. What else needs to be secure and in place to ensure progress and success in upper juniors?

In addition, we will roll out and centrally organise the pan-Camden inter-school Spring Slam (all Key Stage 2 year groups Times Table Competition) for a 4th time for member schools, leading to a ‘top 12’ final in late March 2020.

We will organise an 8th Camden Primary Maths Challenge, in February 2020.

Want to get involved?

Our main aims will be to:

Provide a focus and support for Year 4 teachers in particular
Build social capital and offering support
Link pupils as well as teachers
Create opportunities to support in-school-initiatives and to raise aspirations
Link with our local National Maths Hub based at St Marylebone School through our NCETM lead role

What does the Hub plan to achieve and what resources will be created?

We aim, by year end to:

  • Have run two successful pupil events
  • Have developed pedagogy and practice in our Year 4 classes; and made it a dynamic and purposeful year – less of a middle child!
  • Have raised the status of problem solving and times tables across the borough
  • Have set Camden schools up for success in the first statutory Multiplication Tables Check
  • Have produced another Think Piece summarising key learning from our joint practice work

Contacts

Lead Schools

Eleanor Palmer Primary School

Kate Frood

Headteacher

020 7485 2155

Natalie Stevenson 

Deputy Headteacher

020 7485 2155