10.50am - 11.30am

Early Years

Spatial reasoning in the early years: what it is and why should we teach it?

Dr Sue Gifford 

Spatial reasoning is included in the new EYFS Mathematics Educational Programme and according to recent research, young children’s spatial thinking is a strong predictor of their mathematics achievement. A focus on outdoor experiences, spatial puzzles and construction may therefore provide an alternative route to mathematical thinking, particularly for disadvantaged groups. In this session we will consider how spatial activities might help children become good at maths.

Progression with manipulatives across the Primary age range – use of ten frames

Kate Henshall

West Yorkshire Maths Hub

This session will take one manipulative/representation – the ten frame – and explore the progression of using this representation throughout the primary age range. Throughout the workshop, we will consider how the ten frame can represent concepts throughout the maths curriculum and how it enables children to understand the maths.

Maths investigations – discovering new ideas, drawing on mathematical procedures and developing deeper lines of inquiry

Sarah Shanks and Paul Flack

Enjoy carrying out investigations with pupils but find yourself resorting to using the same ones? Discover how we can make investigations relevant and purposeful to the National Curriculum integrating these into maths lessons.  Delve deeper into investigations and how these can excite children and build on their mathematical thinking.

Power Maths and Blended Learning: Q&A with Teachers on the Ground

Pearson Primary

Michael Brooks & Carly Graham

An opportunity to hear from Michael and Carly about how they have responded to the challenges of teaching Maths since the beginning of the pandemic.  Reflecting on their experience of using Power Maths in their Knowsley school, an area which has been one of the most impacted by COVID-19, they will share their insights on continuing to teach the high numbers of key worker children they still have in school alongside those at home as well as reflecting on teaching for mastery when all children return to the classroom.

11.55am - 12.35pm

Early Years

Maximising maths opportunities and how to assess them through quality observation

Katherine Ellis

In this session we will explore how we can recognise the hidden maths and develop children’s mathematical thinking through play and exploration.


Tools not crutches: using manipulatives to construct and explain mathematical thinking

Jenni Back

This workshop will demonstrate the importance of manipulatives throughout the primary phase and beyond to support children in explaining and developing their mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving.

Mixed age teaching – practical ideas for the classroom

Louise Collinson and Sarah Shanks

Designed to give teachers of mixed age classes some practical suggestions on how to maximise learning time, this session will focus on mixed age classes that have two year groups in one class from Year 1 – Year 6. You will gain more tips and ideas about mixed age teaching linked to the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning that you can take straight into your classroom.


3 “reveals” about learning addition and subtraction

Bruno Reddy

In this hands-on session using NumBots, you’ll find out what the data from 500,000 pupils tells us about teaching basic number facts for mastery.

Suitable for teachers of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

12.40pm - 1.20pm

Early Years

Breaking Down Composition

Jane Brown

How can we provide opportunities for children to explore composition?

What are the key ideas that we want children to notice and understand?

How does exploring the composition of shape support children’s understanding of the composition of number?

Learn the answer to these questions and more in this engaging hands-on session.

Rekenrek – “The most versatile, visual, mathematical tool”

Amy How

This virtual, yet interactive workshop is an introduction to using the Rekenrek. This 40-minute session which focusses on teaching basic number sense and looking at multiple methods for addition is sure to change the way you feel about using the CPA approach in KS1 and KS2.

Structuring Varied Fluency

Liam Petitt

Do you want to get more out of varied fluency? Are you interested in how utilising varied fluency can help develop number sense and support children when selecting the most appropriate method for the task at hand? Would you like to see how varied fluency can be used to develop flexible thinking? Then this is the workshop for you!

No Printer? No Problem! Using LbQ to Support White Rose Maths Remote Learning

Sponsored Workshop: Learning by Questions

Join Darryl and Matthew for an engaging session and find out how to:

find award-winning LbQ Question Sets that cover the objective for your WRM lesson.

send a simple 3-digit code for your learners to log in, get your class up and running in less than a minute.

watch as children answer questions in real-time with a Live Results Matrix

fulfil the DfE expectations for effective Remote Learning.

1.40pm - 2.20pm

Early Years

Starting with a Story!

Charlotte Cooper

Storybooks are a powerful tool in an Early Years classroom. How can we utilise these engaging and visual resources to support children with a range of mathematical concepts?

Curious about Cuisenaire?

Rachael Poole and Julie Matthews

Have you been inspired by creative Cuisenaire tweets?  Are you looking for a manipulative to help you teach fractions with meaning?  Have you got a box of Cuisenaire rods gathering dust in your maths cupboard and want to know what to do with them?

This session will give you a taste of how Cuisenaire rods can be used to build mathematical understanding using a range of examples from the primary curriculum.  Bring your Cuisenaire rods with you or use an online manipulative for this hands-on-session.

Primary Lesson Design

Stephanie Kirk

West Yorkshire Maths Hub

This session will focus on the NCETM 5 big ideas of Teaching for Mastery; Representation and Structure, Mathematical Thinking, Fluency, Variation and Coherence in the context of lesson design. Using the NCETM PD Materials, a model lesson will be shared through the session with opportunities for delegates to ask questions and discuss how they can take the principles back in to their classroom. The lesson will be a KS2 lesson however the principles could be applied to KS1 and KS3.

Variation: The Key to Fluency and Reasoning

Sponsored Workshop: Mike Askew for Oxford University Press

In this session Mike will look at the idea of thinking about sets of examples given to children to work on as comprising a ‘space’ that can be explored mathematically. Within that space children can work on and think about the examples both ‘horizontally’ – looking at connections within each example – and ‘vertically’  – becoming aware of connections between examples. Using variation to think about the design and context of example sets means children can both practice their mathematical fluencies but also reason about mathematical big ideas as they do so.