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    Let's Think Maths

    Overview

    This programme builds on a research project funded by the IEE in 2018-19. It introduces teachers to the Let’s Think approach, guided activities for small groups designed to complement the maths curriculum and develop pupils’ mathematical reasoning. 7 fully funded places are now available on this programme, for participants in South East London. These places include two half-day coaching visits for each participant and 25% supply cover cost for attendance. The activities move pupils progressively through more challenging aspects of six schemata of Piagetian concrete operations:

    1. seriation
    2. classification
    3. time sequence
    4. spatial perception
    5. causality
    6. rules of a game (combines two schemata: theory of mind and concrete modelling)

    The activities are talk-based, beginning with introducing key vocabulary, supporting children to use this to solve a practical problem, and ending with a metacognitive discussion. The activities support teachers to identify and unpick mathematical misconceptions, acting as assessment activities that support tailored teaching beyond Let’s Think.

    Both Ofsted (2011) and EEF (2018) have identified Let’s Think (previously known as Cognitive Acceleration in Maths Education, CAME) as an effective approach to mathematics teaching. Numerous research papers over thirty years have also demonstrated the positive effects of Let’s Think on pupils’ learning.

    Who is the programme for?

    This programme is aimed at Reception classteachers looking to develop their understanding of progression in mathematics and assessment skills.

    What is involved?

    The programme is comprised of a series of six face-to-face professional development sessions across an academic year, led by Sarah Seleznyov, an experienced Let’s Think Maths Tutor and Rory Dearlove, Lead practitioner of Lesson Study. Teachers will be introduced to the Vygotskian and Piagetian theory, the principles of Let’s Think activity design and the mathematical content and practicalities of a series of Let’s Think activities. Sessions will combine theory input, reflections on practice and ‘live teaching’ opportunities with Y1 pupils. Teachers will also receive a coaching visit in their own schools led by an experienced Let’s Think teacher, to provide early formative feedback and develop practice. Please note that participating teachers will also need to buy the Let’s Think resource pack at a discounted cost of £192.

    This programme is led by:

    • Rory Dearlove, Lead Practitioner for Lesson Study, John Donne Primary School
    • Sarah Seleznyov. Director, London South Teaching School Alliance

    Session details

    Session 1:
    Date: Wednesday 10 October 2019
    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Introduction to Let’s Think theory and principles
    • Exploring four activities

    Session 2:
    Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019
    Time: 8:30am-12pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Understanding social construction
    • Exploring three activities

    Session 3:
    Date: Wednesday 15 January 2020
    Time: 9am-3:30pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Understanding concrete preparation
    • Exploring four activities

    Session 4:
    Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020
    Time: 8:30am-12pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Understanding concrete preparation
    • Exploring three activities

    Session 5:
    Date: Wednesday 29 April 2020
    Time: 8:30am-12pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Understanding concrete preparation
    • Exploring three activities

    Session 6:
    Date: Wednesday 17 June 2020
    Time: 8:30am-12pm
    Location: John Donne Primary School, Wood’s Rd, Peckham, London SE15 2SW
    Agenda:

    • Understanding concrete preparation
    • Exploring three activities

    To express your interest in our 2019-20 cohort, please contact us at info@londonsouthtsa.org.uk