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8th Annual Primary Professional Development Day

12 October 2019

The Mathematical Association in cooperation with Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub will hold the 8th Annual Primary Professional Development Day on Saturday, 12th October 2019 at Wycombe High School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is cancelled.  

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Opening Plenary - Ems Lord, NRICH Director

Ems became the NRICH Director in 2015, following her previous role leading one of the country's largest Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programmes. Ems has taught mathematics across the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital school.  Her previous roles include supporting schools as a Leading Mathematics Teacher, local authority consultant and as a Chartered Mathematics Teacher.  Ems has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes.  Ems is currently working on her PhD thesis which addresses how we can improve support for pupils learning calculation skills.


Opening Plenary - Ems Lord

Curiouser and Curiouser:

From problem-solving to problem-posing in the primary classroom

As primary school teachers, we are incredibly lucky to work with inquisitive young learners day-in, day-out. Asking questions, investigating their ideas and experimenting are surely essential skills to nurture with young mathematicians?  Sadly, the evidence reveals that their levels of curiosity decreases as they progress through their primary schooling. How can we address this issue? At NRICH, we have been exploring ways to nurture curiosity in the primary classroom. We have trialled our new resources in a number of schools, collected feedback from the teachers and interviewed their pupils. In this opening plenary I will share our findings (some of them might surprise you!) and I'll suggest ways that we have researched which might encourage your learners to become 'curiouser and curiouser’.

Workshops and the Leaders

Katie Crozier and Claire Gerard (jointly), Ems Lord, Ruth Bull, Kate Frood, Ray Huntley, Bernie Westacott, Laurie Jacques.

Ems Lord,  NRICH - Embedding curiosity in the classroom

Ray Huntley, Consultant and freelance mathematics CPD - Using curiosity to enhance reasoning and problem-solving

Kate Frood, Headteacher at Eleanor Palmer School, Camden. - Raising the Game

Ruth Bull, Freelance Maths Advisor and primary school teacher - Stimulating Curiosity in the Primary Classroom:  Ooh that’s interesting!  How does that work?  Will that always happen?  Why does that happen?  

Bernie Westacott, retired Primary Teacher and now Maths Consultant - Manipulatives

Michael Hall, member of the joint MA/ATM TC Primary Group - Curiosity, Creativity, Confidence and Competence

Katie Crozier, Cambs Lead Maths Practitioner, Claire Gerrard, Deputy Headteacher and Maths Lead in Cambs - Developing Deep Conceptual Understanding of Number in the Early Years

Laurie Jacques, Director for Professional Development SMaR, an NCETM CPD Standard Holder - Connecting representations – developing teacher board work to support pupils’ learning


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