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Primary Maths Specialist

If you are considering training to teach and would like to qualify as a primary teacher specialising in maths, you could be eligible for NCTL funding to complete a maths subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.  

 

Completing a SKE course in maths is a great way of consolidating your maths knowledge whilst learning what is required in the new 2016-17 maths curriculum for KS1 and 2, gaining a great head start.

 

 

If you hold a 2:2 degree or higher, not only will you qualify for a bursary of £6000 when you start your ITT as a primary maths specialist, you will also be eligible for a SKE bursary of £115 per week whilst you complete your SKE with us (with the possibility of this increasing to £200 per week depending on your circumstances).   

 

Primary maths SKE units at a glance 

Number and Place Value

 

A firm understanding of place value is vital for any work with number and therefore has a great impact on a child’s ability to demonstrate the three key elements of the New Curriculum introduced in 2014: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. 


Recognising the value and features of different numbers and how that knowledge is to be applied is what makes a strong mathematician and likewise, as a teacher, it is important to model confidence and provide the strategies necessary.  

In this primary maths SKE unit, you will learn about the value of number, how its value can be manipulated dependent upon its place and position and learn the key vocabulary associated with numbers. 

 

Addition and Subtraction

 

As a child’s knowledge of place value develops, it becomes necessary to test said knowledge and apply it through simple calculations.  Using informal and formal methods, the classroom becomes a place in which this knowledge is developed whilst also beginning to grasp some of the rules such as ‘commutative law’ and when it can be applied.

 

In this Addition and Subtraction SKE unit, you will be introduced to the informal (pencil and paper) methods which are often a next step from mental arithmetic and the formal written methods; taking into account the common misconceptions and how to teach the strategies with these in mind. 

 

Multiplication and Division

 

Developing ‘efficient’ methods and strategies is a key concept of the New Curriculum, this is of utmost importance when developing knowledge and application in multiplication and division. 

 

From learning the times tables efficiently, to understanding the processes of long multiplication and long division, this is a key area of mathematics to support the development of other strands, in particular Fractions and Algebra.


In this Multiplication and Division SKE unit, you will be made aware of the strategies taught for both operations, again with a focus on informal pencil and paper techniques as well as the more challenging formal written methods, not forgetting the mental/concrete strategies introduced through KS1 and early KS2.   There will also be anecdotal references to games and strategies to help develop fluency in this area.

 

Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

 

With the New Curriculum, came a much greater focus upon Fractions and what needs to be learnt from as early as Year 1 at which point fractions are now introduced.  With a confident approach to times tables, teachers and pupils will be able to make good progress and demonstrate a clear understanding of the curriculum.  It is important to remember when teaching strategies for fractions that it is very much a real-life skill and real-life application is not only beneficial but makes the learning more fun, engaging and ultimately effective.


In this unit, Fractions Decimals and Percentages will be covered.  Understanding how they are connected, learning about equivalencies and fractions of amounts will underpin the learning which will support solving complex problems and incorporating ratio and proportion.

 

Statistics (Data handling)

 

Handling data or Statistics is an area of maths which is highly visual and requires children to be able to explain what they understand from tables and charts.  

 

In this unit you will be made aware of the different ways to represent data effectively, how to engage children when teaching about statistics and enabling them to manipulate the data they are presented with and give them the opportunity to collect their own data samples, presenting it in different ways.   

 

Geometry:

1. properties of shape
2. position and direction


Geometry is an area of mathematics which is taught progressively from as early as preschool.  Children learn to recognise common 2D and 3D shapes; this knowledge develops through their primary schooling whereby they layer more specialist language, application of line and angle knowledge and learn to calculate area and perimeter.


In this unit, you will see how Geometry is separated into two sections:  properties of shape and position and direction.  You will be able to take the opportunity to test your own knowledge ensuring you are aware of the vocabulary attributed to this topic as it is key to the learning success of pupils. 

 

Measurement


Much like geometry, the measurement strand of the maths curriculum is heavily dependent upon learning experiences which include practical work shop sessions and moving around the school and outside learning spaces to learn measurement in application.  Using apparatus and comparing objects regarding their size and measurements form a basic understanding, whilst applying said knowledge through problem solving and learning concepts such as time, money and area/perimeter are developed further in the classroom through making connections with other maths strands.


In this unit, you will understand how measurement links with other strands of maths and how the uses of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations all have their place in this area of maths.  It is an area of maths in which children of the same age can be at very different levels, based upon their own personal home learning experiences and support.  As a class teacher, this can hard to navigate and teaching small groups in rotation can be an ideal approach if other adult support is available. 

 

Algebra

 

Algebra is the newest area of maths to be introduced to the primary curriculum.  Whilst it is in its simplest form by substituting unknowns with values and using and applying formulae to solve problems, there is also a need for children to now be able to find the unknown in a calculation using the methods which have traditionally been in the KS3 curriculum.  

 

It is a topic which is generally only taught in year 6, however, it can be referred to in year 5 to extend learners.


In the algebra SKE unit, you will have the chance to review your own understanding of algebra and begin to see how it can be taught in the classroom. 

 

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