Primary Mathematics Teachers and Subject Leaders Programme 2017/18

Day 2

Knowing Mathematics - Making the most of Mistakes

Aim:                 To support classroom teachers and Mathematics Leaders in nurturing confident,        
                        resourceful and enthusiastic teachers and learners of mathematics in their          

When:             Wednesday 21 February 2018

Time:              10.00 - 16.00 with coffee and registration from 9.30

Who:               Primary teachers of Mathematics (KS1 & 2) and Mathematics Subject Leaders

Investment:    £145 per delegate (discounts available - see booking form for details)

Booking:         Click on orange button at the bottom of the page.  (Please note that we can only    
                        accept online credit card payment.

Where:            London Mathematical Society, De Morgan House, Russell Square WC1B 4HS

About the day: This engaging and stimulating day is for all Primary teachers of Mathematics as well as Primary Mathematics Subject Leaders.  This day is one of a series of three linked professional development days, (further details about all three days can be found at but is also suitable as a stand-alone booking.
The day will be highly interactive and will respond to the issues and concerns identified by delegates.

Speakers: The NRICH Primary Team at the University of Cambridge.

Agenda for Day 2 - Knowing Mathematics - making the most of mistakes

09.30 - 10.00       Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.15       Welcome and introductions

10.15 - 11.30       Session 1: Using misconception to create opportunities
There are an abundance of ways in which pedagogy can capitalise on this idea, so in this session we will reflect on the different types/layers of misconception and how they affect us and those we teach.  Come with an enquiring mind and learn how to make the most of misconceptions!
11.30 - 11.45       Tea Break

11.45 - 13.00       Session 2: Exploring what is arbitrary and what in necessary in mathematics
Inspired by Dave Hewitt’s articles on whether knowledge is arbitrary or necessary, we will consider how a teachers’ view of the curriculum content can positively direct the choice of tasks that they offer their learners and probe the richness to be found through considering a particular situation in depth.
13.00 - 13.45       Lunch

13.45 - 15.00       Session 3: Knowing about knowing
You have chosen to attend a day focused on enhancing your mathematical subject knowledge, so in this session we will explore resources, ideas and organisations to which you might turn for further professional support once today’s programme is finished.
15.00 - 15.10       Tea Break

15.10 - 16.00       Session 4: The bigger picture (Mathematical possibilities in the wider world)
How does the rest of the world view and value our individual mathematical capital?  What opportunities are afforded to those who have confidence and qualifications in mathematics?  In this session we will look more expansively at how mathematics can affect the life chances of our learners.
16.00                    End

Directions to the London Mathematical Society

The London Mathematical Society is on the SW side of Russell Square [Google map link].

From Holborn tube: proceed north along Southampton Row, turn left into Russell Square just opposite the Imperial Hotel.  LMS is a few doors down on the left hand side.

From Russell Square tube: turn left out of tube station and at traffic lights with major road turn left past Hotel Russell with Russell Square gardens on your right. When you reach the Imperial Hotel cross the road into Russell Square. LMS is a few doors down on the left hand side.

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If you have any queries please contact Kerstin.

Primary Day Flyer 21 Feb 2018.pdf