White Rose Maths Mini-Conf 2020 (Southampton), Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel, Thursday, 23. April 2020

NEW FOR 2020

An exciting new conference format from WRM!
We are proud to announce our series of mini conferences across the whole of the UK.  These great value one day pop-up conferences are full of ideas to take straight back to the classroom. 
On the day you can select 3 of the following workshops: 

Workshop 1

Variety vs Variation - KS2/KS3
`What’s the same, what’s different? What has stayed the same? What has changed?”
These are all questions which engage pupils into deeper thinking about concepts. We often know what we want our pupils to learn, but how do we address the key ideas through refined questioning? This session will highlight misconceptions, enable learning to move forward and uncover fundamental mathematical ideas.

How to get the most from the WRM Schemes - KS1/KS2
How long should a small step take? Do I have to teach them in order? Should I do the Reasoning & Problem Solving after the Fluency? How do I differentiate effectively?
This session unpicks some of the common misconceptions when using the White Rose Maths Schemes. See how a small step can be used to create a learning journey and then have the opportunity to create your own.

Problem Solving: The Benefits of Multiple Methods - KS2/KS3
Are your learners too focused on finding the answer without reflecting on how they might get there?  
There may be more than one answer to a problem, and there are always different ways of solving it! This session celebrates the great variety of problem-solving methods and looks at the benefits of group discussions, collaboration, thinking and analysis around the different methods that learners use. We consider how to milk a problem for all it's worth and how just a single question can generate a plethora of learning opportunities! 

Workshop 2

The Power of CPA - KS2/KS3/KS4
The importance of using multiple representations to support mathematical understanding is well established. This session goes on a journey through the key stages looking at a range of different curriculum areas. It will explore how the concrete, pictorial and abstract representations can sit alongside one another to give children a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. There will be lots of examples of using representations in the classroom and plenty of ideas you can take back and use in school.  

Unpicking the Structure of Word Problems - KS1/KS2
This workshop examines how unpicking the underlying structure of mathematics can enable children to access word problems more readily. We discuss how key questions, the use of concrete-pictorial-abstract approaches and adopting clear strategies can support all learners to access word problems as well as challenging children to think deeply. This workshop will provide you with strategies and approaches you can develop straight away in the classroom to both support and extend children’s learning and thinking.

The Four Operations – A Subject Knowledge Masterclass - KS1/KS2
 “What’s the difference between ‘difference’ and ‘take away’?” “Dividing means sharing.” “Complete these sums.”
Being able to add, subtract, multiply and divide is key to most things we do in maths but do children have a true understanding of what these operations are and the different structures of each? This session takes an in depth look at the four operations, uncovering the underlying mathematical structures that will allow children to have a deep understanding of the maths they do on a daily basis.

Workshop 3

Firm Foundations in Fractions - KS2/KS3
This session looks at making clear links between fraction concepts to deepen children’s understanding.  
Starting with the basic definition and concepts of a fraction, we then examine different fractions and explore how the four operations work when handling fractions.  
Children struggle to remember which method to use for which operation, but the session shows how pictorial methods not only help children to choose the correct operation, but also develop their understanding of the concepts involved and the procedures they need to use. 

Exploring Mathematical Patterns and Images  - KS1/KS2
How do we get children talking about maths? How do we address the creativity within the maths curriculum? Children love to spot patterns, but finding the pattern is only the beginning. In this session we will focus on developing children’s reasoning through the exploration of mathematical patterns and images. We will look at how we can use patterns to make predictions and generalisations. We will also explore the use of concrete manipulatives and algebra to explain why these patterns arise.

Experience a Power Maths Mastery Lesson - KS1/KS2
Led by mastery experts, this session will allow you to experience a walkthrough of a Power Maths lesson. Whether you’re already using Power Maths and looking to develop your practice or considering adopting mastery and want to get under the bonnet of what it looks like in practice, this interactive session will give you plenty of new ideas to implement in your classroom. 

For full details of all our mini-confs go to 

Thursday, 23. April 2020, Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel, White Rose Maths Mini-Conf 2020 (Southampton)

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