The Inaugural meeting of the MA/ATM Cambridge branch took place on Wednesday 26th March at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. 50 delegates joined in, coming from schools and colleges in the immediate and wider area. There was excellent representation of each phase - primary, secondary and post 16, plus additional colleagues from the local authority, ITT and local maths ed. projects. Refreshments were available on arrival and this social half hour proved a valuable time to chat with old acquaintances and meet some new faces.
The formal part of the evening began with an update from Lynne McClure (primary), Rachael Horsman (secondary) and Peter Thomas (post-16) on the latest information on changes to the funding, curriculum, assessment, etc.
Fran Watson, the organiser of the NRICH roadshow, then led us in an hour of entertaining mathematical origami.
Good fun was had by all and several attendees have already reported back that they have since used these ideas in their classrooms.
11 February 2020
Title: NRICH: Maximising the potential of our rich mathematical resources in your classroom
Abstract: In this highly practical session, members of the NRICH team will introduce some of their latest rich mathematical resources alongside classroom practitioners who will share their insights into maximising their potential with your learners. Be prepared to explore, reflect and have fun! NRICH was recently recognised as Resource of the Year at the Above and Beyond Awards and continues to attract huge worldwide interest in both our resources and professional development opportunities, including our attempt with Maths Week England to deliver the world’s largest-ever mathematics lesson.
Date: Tuesday, 11th February 2020 4.30 - 6pm (All meetings begin at 4.30 with tea/coffee provided from 4pm)
Venue: University of Cambridge, Faculty of Mathematics, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA
11 June 2020
Title: The Symbols and the Symbolised
Abstract: We can be lured into thinking that the symbols we use in mathematics are the mathematics itself. During the session we will explore ways in which learners might be given some control over symbolising these situations themselves. Pete Griffin is Assistant Director in the Secondary Team at NCETM and has had a varied career in teaching, advisory work and higher education. He is well known for his engaging CPD session
Date: Thursday, 11th June 2020 4.00-6.30 (please note later finish time)
(All meetings begin at 4.30 with tea/coffee provided from 4pm)
Venue: Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PQ