26 March 2010

Sixty Northamptonshire schoolteachers will be exploring the magic of maths next week (MON 29 MAR) at a conference organised by Northamptonshire County Council.

The aim of the conference, entitled Shape & Space - The Magic of Maths, is to strengthen the teachers’ subject knowledge and explore ways of making maths relevant, fun and exciting for their pupils.

Up to 60 teachers from primary, infant and junior schools all over the county will be taking part in the event and delving into the world of shape and space with a variety of workshops through a hands-on, practical approach to developing their subject knowledge.

As well as practical workshops, the event will include a keynote speech from renowned maths maestro Mike Askew, professor of mathematics education at King's College, London.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Professor Askew has worked with teachers, consultants and policy makers around the world and so we’re very excited that he’s attending to share his expertise.

“We know that the better a child’s experience of learning maths at primary school, the more engaged in the subject matter they’ll be throughout their education and consequently the better equipped they’ll be for further studies and employment.

“Maths isn’t a simply a school subject that exists in isolation and the challenge for teachers to make it relevant to their pupils’ understanding and knowledge of the world. This conference will enhance the skills of the teachers taking part so that they can show their pupils the magic of maths.”

The event will also see the winners of a primary school maths competition presented with their prizes for the MINUTE Awards – (Maths INnovation Using Technology to Engage).

  • Year 5 from Thorplands Primary School won first prize with their exploration of beauty in mathematics, linking art and maths.
  • Second prize is Whitefriars Infant School’s Year 1 who explored 2D and 3D shape in their school environment, putting their learning into a real life context.

The event has been organised by the council’s primary maths team which works with schools and teaching professionals to develop the teaching of maths.