We’ve been successfully delivering five core mastery CPD sessions for the last three years, and we’ve come to appreciate that the greatest impact and value for delegates happens when the sessions are delivered as a dynamic package.

Together, each of the five sessions fits neatly with the rest to build a complete picture of effective teaching and learning in maths. The result is our exciting, comprehensive Jigsaw programme!

Our Jigsaw package comprises of a series of five, 2-hour twilight or INSET sessions.

Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Methods (CPA)

Concrete manipulatives are fundamental to the powerful Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach and are a key resource in developing a deep understanding of maths for pupils of all ages. This hands-on course will focus on how concrete resources can be used to develop children’s conceptual understanding of place value and the four operations. Building on the concrete, we consider how we can make connections between concrete, pictorial and abstract ideas so children can truly master concepts, building on strong foundations.

Introduction to Bar Modelling

Bar Modelling is a cornerstone to the teaching for mastery approach, and is of course associated with some of the leading practice and results in the world. This course will introduce staff to the basic principles of bar modelling, explore how it can represent a variety of topics and use it to make sense of tricky, worded problems.

Mathematical Talk and Questioning

Have you ever asked students to talk about their learning then found they quickly go off task? Getting students talking about maths can be difficult but it is an essential part of embedding learning. This session will help teachers put structures and routines in place in their classroom so that meaningful talk can take place. In addition, this course looks at how to enhance a teacher’s modelling and questioning skills and how to plan questions that challenge students and deepen their understanding. The session is practical, thought-provoking and equip teachers to put what they learn into practice the very next day.

Reasoning and Problem Solving

Reasoning and Problem Solving are two of the key aims of the National Curriculum. In this course, we focus on how to develop reasoning for all students by using stem sentences and concrete and pictorial models to support explanations. We examine why some students struggle with problem solving, and how we can overcome these issues through the use of goal-free problems and enabling prompts. Using practical examples, we investigate how to support and challenge all learners within problem solving, giving delegates a variety of activities to take back to the classroom.

Thinking Through Variation

This session focuses on how teachers can plan to ensure that all students develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Focusing on variation, this thought-provoking session looks at how teachers can consider every aspect of a topic in order to develop strong foundations of understanding for their students. Covering many areas of the curriculum, the session focuses on the underlying structures behind the Mathematics and how to plan for these in a practical and accessible way.

Jigsaw: tailored to your school’s particular needs

To ensure that you get the best possible value from your Jigsaw training, we tailor the time spent and work done on the individual sessions to the needs of your school or group of schools. Wherever possible, we also make sure that all your sessions are delivered by the same White Rose Maths trainer. This allows our trainers to get to know your team well and understand how best to support them.

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Single sessions

While we recommend choosing Jigsaw as a complete programme, we appreciate that some may need to access particular skills or insights. We therefore continue to offer the five Jigsaw sessions as stand-alone options for groups or individuals. To book single sessions, please contact us directly at support@whiterosemaths.com

Combined sessions

If you’d like to book WRM for an inset day or a full-day option, we can combine two of the Jigsaw sessions. These extended versions of the sessions enable teachers to explore two elements in more detail.

To book a combined session, please contact us directly at support@whiterosemaths.com