Early Years Work Groups

Early Years Opportunities for 2019/20

SPECIALIST SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS PROGRAMME FOR EARLY YEARS (ncp1924)

This work group will help participants to develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it.  Understanding of mathematical structures will also be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.  It is suitable for all early years practitioners but particularly those in their first few years working with EYFS.  This group is suitable for practitioners from both school-based and PVI settings including mixed age classes/ settings where there are some children with the EYFS age range.

 

We will be running 3 cohorts in the East Midlands West Maths Hub – in Derby, Derbyshire and Notttingham/Nottinghamshire.

  • Derby Dates – 30/9/2019, 11/11/2019, 14/1/2020 and 11/3/2020 @ Wyndham Primary Academy, DE24 0EP
  • Derbyshire Dates – 7/11/2019, 10/1/2020, 13/3/2020 and 11/5/2020 @ Whitworth Centre, DE4 2EQ
  • Nottingham/Nottinghamshire – 15/1/2020, 23/3/2020, 1/5/2020 and 22/6/2020 @ Portland Conference Centre, NG8 4BW

 

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Classroom practice will develop through a series of gap tasks where participants try out activities to promote depth of understanding in young children.

  • Engage in setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Maintain a log of your professional learning
  • Four full days of face-to-face CPD sessions (in one of the cohorts below)

There is no cost to schools for participating in this work group but there is a commitment to attending all four sessions (full days), to completing the gap tasks between sessions, keeping a learning log throughout the programme and completing the evaluation at the end.

If you are interested in participating in one of these work groups then please complete this form to apply for a place.

  • Download an information sheet here.

 


DEVELOPING AND CONTINUING DEEP MATHEMATICAL THINKING IN EARLY YEARS AND BEYOND WORK GROUP (NCP1908)

The intention of this work group is to support a whole school dialogue and consistency in message as to how best practice in early years feeds into whole school ‘Teaching for Mastery’ provision. Currently the vast majority of TfM specialists and maths leaders in schools are based in KS1/2 and feel they have more limited understanding of EY maths practice. Similarly, early years teachers typically feel less certain of maths teaching in KS1/1, particularly with TfM.

This work group seeks to ensure that good practice in the early learning of mathematics is established and successfully feeds into KS1 provision. This work group involves both school maths leads and early years leads (or a representative from early years within the school) with the support of the school’s leadership team.  It is essential that both the maths lead and early years lead are able to participate fully in all work group activities. They will work together to gain a shared understanding of early mathematics ‘best practice’ and whole school progression within a TfM approach.

This work group is suitable for all primary schools (including infant schools) seeking to develop their whole school approach to mathematics teaching from early years upwards and is particularly suited to schools adopting a TfM approach.

 

We have attached an information sheet with full details but essentially the two participants will need to:

  • Attend a face-to-face CPD event (full day) on 9 October 2019* (TBC)
  • Engage in substantial school-based development work with colleagues including reading, audit, assessment, planning and observation
  • Attend 4 half day regional group meetings
  • A visit from the work group lead
  • Maintain a development portfolio (as a school)
  • Attend an evaluation event (half day) on the morning of 16 June 2020* (TBC)

*A member of the school’s SLT will also be required to attend the morning of the face-to-face CPD event and the evaluation event (half day) in addition to supporting development work in school

There is no cost to schools for participating in this work group but there is a commitment to ensuring that both the school’s maths lead and early years lead are able to engage in all aspects of the programme (including attendance at all meetings and face-to-face sessions).  The school’s SLT must support their school’s involvement in this work group including sending one SLT member to two half day events.

If you are interested in participating in the ‘Developing and continuing deep mathematical thinking in EY and beyond’ work group then please complete this form to apply for a place for your school on this work group.

  • Download an information sheet here.

 


METACOGNITION IN THE EARLY YEARS INNOVATION WORK GROUP

Metacognition refers to higher order thinking which involves active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning.  Metacognition and self-regulation can add 7 months progress to children’s learning.

Metacognitive strategies are well aligned with the EYFS characteristics of effective learning, which suggests that metacognition could support children in early years to learn effectively, including in early years maths. The aim of this work group is to develop practitioners’ practice to more effectively support children’s metacognition in early years maths.

This work group is suitable for all early years practitioners.  It is suitable for practitioners from school-based and PVI settings including mixed age classes/settings with some children in the EYFS age range.  We are looking to work with between 10 – 15 settings, 1 person per setting only.

 

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

This year long work group comprises of:

Classroom practice will develop through a series of gap tasks where participants try out activities to promote depth of understanding in young children.

  • 6 half day face-to-face sessions (2 per term), all mornings
  • Gap tasks between sessions
  • Setting-based gap tasks to complete between sessions
  • A log of professional learning
  • Paired visits (host a colleague visit to your setting and go to visit a colleague’s setting)

 

  • Session 1 – Monday 23/9/2019 AM
  • Session 2 – Friday 15/11/2019 AM
  • Session 3 – Monday 27/1/2019 AM
  • Session 4 – Friday 27/3/2019 AM
  • Session 5 – Wednesday 13/5/2019 AM
  • Session 6 – Tuesday 30/6/2019 AM

 

The intended outcomes of the innovation work group are that:

  • Practitioners have improved understanding of evidence-based metacognition strategies appropriate for early years mathematics.
  • A minimum of two metacognitive strategies are used by children in their mathematics learning
  • Practitioners are able to evaluate their use of metacognitive strategies to support children’s mathematics learning

There is no cost to settings for participating in this work group but there is a commitment to attending all six sessions, to completing all gap tasks between sessions and to keep a learning log throughout the programme.

Applicants wishing to apply to participate in this work group do not need any previous experience but must be willing to commit to participate fully in all elements of the programme including attendance at all six sessions, the gap tasks and learning log.  The participant’s school/setting must have the capacity and commitment to support them throughout the programme including ensuring that they can be released for all six sessions.

If you are interested in participating in the metacognition work group then please register here to request a place.

  • Download an information sheet here.