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The primary maths forum has been established to provide an avenue of communication for schools to share ideas about what they need in order to improve mathematics teaching and learning. Key updates and news from forum members is also fed back during collaborative maths leader meetings. The forum is facilitated by a senior education improvement adviser and currently consists of two teachers from each collaborative and a representative for the special schools.

The forum meets for a half day each term and identifies key areas for support and, where appropriate, collates or produces materials to support schools. Outcomes are reported to SSSAB on a regular basis.

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This programme is run by the maths Hubs and consists of a blend of collaborative training and bespoke support, aimed at giving your school an introduction to the ‘Big Ideas’ around teaching for mastery and preparing you for future programmes.

The support within the programme will be spread over the academic year, when you will be part of half-termly group workshops with up to six other schools, as well as receiving half-termly school visits bespoke to your needs.  There is no charge for the workshops or the visits from the Mastery Readiness Lead. The programme will involve your maths lead and another teacher and will need to be supported by the headteacher.

There are are currently seven places available for a group of interested Solihull schools (on a first come, first served basis) for support starting this year. If you would like further information or details of how to register for this programme, please contact Donna Wright ( before end of September 2019.

These materials were produced by the Solihull primary mathematics forum following a questionnaire sent to schools, auditing Solihull primary schools’ needs.

Mathematics leads requested support for staff in assessing greater depth in mathematics. The decision was taken to initial provide exemplification for years one and four and to target three of the most difficult areas to assess at greater depth. Maths leads were asked to discuss with their staff which objectives were the trickiest to assess and this information was fed back to the forum. The three most popular objectives for each year group were selected and materials provided in these areas.

Selected objectives:

Year 1

  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems
  • Recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes, including 2D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles] 3D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres].

Year 4

  • Complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.
  • Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers

Through consultation with schools, and question level analysis of 2017 and 2018 KS2 SAT papers, the primary maths forum identified the need for support with the teaching of fractions.  The fractions domain has been divided into separate key areas which include

  • Counting in fractions
  • Recognising and identifying fractions
  • Comparing and ordering fractions (incl. equivalence)
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions

For each key area, a variety of ideas are presented illustrating how concrete resources/ manipulatives can be used in teaching progressively from year 1 to year 6, as well as pictures and images and abstract representations for each concept.

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