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What do I do about Maths in September? (Part 3)

Posted on July 8, 2020

#KeepCALM and Proceeed with Caution*

Part 2 of this Blog ended with the five #KeepCALM strategies for teachers to adapt and adopt in September and the rest of 2020 to recover the 'missed' learning from Terms (4), 5 and 6:

Changing your teaching of existing manageable steps

Adding manageable steps into existing units

Leave the content as it is already in MOT Maths Meetings 

Modify the use of Maths on Track time

 ... and 'dripping' some learning in throughout 2020/21.

In this blog, we will share the #KeepCALM details and resources to support teachers and leaders for all year groups ...

In the last blog, we modelled the process of mapping the missed KPIs into the 6 termly plans for Year 5. Here's a useful document to summarise the #KeepCALM Plan to recover the 'missed learning' for Year 5 in 2020/21.

The #KeepCALM strategies can be be applied to all year groups, for example: 

Changing your teaching of existing manageable steps in Year 2 by ensuring the models, images & vocabulary from Year 1 Term 6 Multiplication Unit are used in the Year 2 Multiplication Unit.

Adding manageable steps into existing units such as ones focused on converting 12/24 hour clock missed in Year 4 into the Year 5 Unit focusing on timetables.

Leave the content as it is already in MOT Maths Meetings in Years 3, 4 and 5 focused on Factor/Factor/Product relationships for different times tables. 

Modify the use of Maths on Track time such as teach o' clock and half past from Year 1 before the Year 2 Time Unit.

 ... and 'dripping' some learning in throughout the 2020/21, such as knowing days of the week and months of the year from Year 1 throughout Year 2

The #KeepCALM plans are available for all year groups and summary documents can be downloaded: https://buzzardpublishing.com/product/keepcalm-recovery-from-covid/.

It's great to hear how many schools are now using the #KeepCALM strategies to make the necessary changes to their current curriculum to recover any missed learning from Terms 5 and 6 rather than writing a brand new 'recovery' curriculum.  

The overarching conclusion from these 3 blogs is that we must remember, especially after these last few challenging months, it's high quality, responsive teaching that has been, and will always be, the thing that matters the most. In the words of Dylan Wiliam: 

"Pedagogy trumps curriculum. Or more precisely, pedagogy is curriculum, because what matters is how things are taught, rather than what is taught."


One more thing ....

If you like the idea of using the CanDoMaths KPIs to check pupils are secure with the key buidling blocks essential for future learning, the CanDoMaths Club has developed an interactive tool to support deliberate practice and make sure their maths skills stay healthy and strong. The tool can produce an infinite number of questions supporting in-class formative assessment and/or an infinite number of tests. The tests can focus on either one KPI or all KPIs.

The ArithmeQuiz is just one of the many awesome planning, teaching and assessment resources for CanDoMaths Club members (join as a school or individually). More information here: https://www.candomathsclub.co.uk

Look out for the next 'Covid: Respond, Revive and Restore' Blog sharing how schools can revive any 'lost' learning, restore beliefs and pedagogy in addition,to recovering the 'missed' learning from Terms 5/6 discussed in these last three #KeepCALM blogs.

 *Thanks to Anthony Mitchell, Headteacher, Glenfall Primary, for the 'Proceed with Caution' phrase