After the success of our Secondary Brunch online event, we are delighted to offer another opportunity to enjoy bite-size, easy to digest professional development sessions from the comfort of your own home.


The Secondary Picnic will be overflowing with tasty teaching-tips! Our workshop menu offers a wide selection of themes, from ‘getting the most out of variation’ to ‘exploration of mathematical connections’. All sessions will be recorded so that you can catch-up on any you miss for up to 3 months after the event.

Classroom Inspirations is also back! We have a brilliant line-up of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and skilled teachers who will be sharing a classroom inspiration with us.

In addition, the maths teaching community provides a wonderful support network, so there will be an opportunity to interact with other colleagues during the day. There will also be a White Rose Maths Drop-In Session where a WRM Specialist will be available to answer any of your questions.

We very much look forward to you joining our picnic. We’ll see you there!

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Paul Rowlandson

In this session Paul explores various networks of connections in mathematics, considers how using multiple methods to solve a problem can reveal multiple links to prior learning, and provides examples of how an interconnected understanding can support creative mathematical thinking. 

“Everything is connected” – Dirk Gently

Workshop 1

An exploration into the use of pictorial representations to enhance understanding of concepts in mathematics. We’ll look at how visualisations can aid conceptual understanding of topics and hasten corrective interpretation of learning across a number of topics in mathematics.

Caroline has years of experience working with low attaining students, ranging from teaching mixed attainment groups, bottom sets and GSCE resit students. In this session she will draw on this experience and talk about the importance of mindset of both the students and the teacher.  She will share some of her strategies to develop understanding, improve retention and ultimately enjoyment and achievement in mathematics.

In this session we explore what it’s like to learn “new maths”.  We take the familiar ideas of the commutative, associative and distributive laws and apply them to different operations, discussing the thinking and reasoning involved and how we can help learners to understand new concepts. Most of all, we do lots of fun maths!

Workshop 2

In this session, Nicola will share the experiences from her own department, who are now coming to the end of their first year of implementation of the White Rose Schemes of Learning.

When thinking about the next generation of mathematicians, what do we want them to be? Creative? Analytical? Efficient? Observant? This session will take you through strategies to really push the higher attainers in your classroom without moving onto the next topic/lesson. We will consider how to produce critical thinkers, creative problems solvers and students who consider the key structures and connections we can make through the maths in our classroom. We will focus on KS3 content but the strategies we will look at can be applied throughout the curriculum.

In this session, Emily focuses on mathematical representations and structure.  She will share top tips on how to get started with concrete resources and bar models in the classroom.  Developing on this further, Emily explores why it’s so important to use the CPA approach with all students.

White Rose Maths Top Tips!

In this session Tara will explore examples of variation using the White Rose Maths resources. She will explore specific questions from several notoriously challenging topic areas including straight line graphs, vectors and surds. Get inside the mind of a White Rose Maths specialist and hear about the intention and thought process behind some of our questions.

Mathematics has a vast lexicon and students can understand mathematics better if they have a greater knowledge of the words we use in our classrooms.  In this session we look at how representations can augment knowledge of words and in particular mathematical homonyms such as term.

This session focusses mainly on Key Stage 4 algebraic problems that can be represented using bar models.  It considers negative unknowns as well as how to set up the bar model to perhaps get even more out of it.  Simultaneous equations are then briefly explored.  Finally, we end with a more complex problem that caused lots of frustration among students nationally, involving both ratio and simultaneous equations!

Roger Antonsen

How do you know if you truly understand something? Why is playfulness so important to life and learning?

In this entertaining and visual talk, we look at the nature of understanding, the essence of mathematics, and how metaphors, analogies, and representations are our attempts to understand the world.

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