IWG4 – Primary Maths in Science

This project aims to support teachers to recognise opportunities to apply maths skills in science, and where skills in working scientifically can be taught or implemented in maths.  By working together, maths and science leads and teachers will identify how to achieve both maths and science objectives symbiotically. 

Who is this for?

Maths and science leads from primary schools

When and Where?

Day 1 – 15 January 2020 9am – 4pm

Day 2 – 25 March 2020 8.30am – 12.30pm

Day 3 – 3 June 2020 9am – 4pm

All sessions take place at:

Port Training services, Port Training Services, Quay Road, Blyth NE24 PA

What is involved?

Attending all 3 face to face days

Gap tasks to audit provision in school and develop classroom practice.

Contribution to the online communities.

Contribution to evaluations of impact of the programme.

Intended outcomes

To empower the teachers in school with the knowledge and skills to teach the mathematical elements of the science curriculum so that pupils understand and can use and apply those skills.

Professional learning:

  • Improved subject knowledge, where needed
  • Effective planning and teaching of maths in a science context
  • Deeper appreciation of principles of mathematical pedagogy underpinning mathematical understanding
  • A deeper knowledge about which structures are appropriate to use and when
  • The establishment of a collaborative and supportive network, sustained through the use of an online community.

Teaching and/or leadership practice:

  • For leaders, an appreciation and understanding of the work of the Maths Hub and the impact on the planning, teaching and assessment of mathematics in science and maths
  • Improved mathematics pedagogy in the classrooms of these rural schools, with a particular focus on developing deeper understanding
  • Teachers and leaders will have an overview of the programmes of study matching the timings of content delivery across the maths and science departments.

Pupil achievement, attitudes, participation or experience:

  • All pupils will benefit from increased opportunities to explore maths in more depth in a science context
  • Pupils will be able to transfer skills across subject areas and contexts
  • KS2 performance will improve in both maths and science


Expectations of participants and their schools

Each school would send two participants: the maths lead and the science lead. All participants are expected to attend all the sessions and complete gap tasks in their schools between the sessions. They will also be asked to keep a learning log for their own use and contribute to the national evaluation process, probably through a short online survey after the Work Group has finished.

This programme is provided at no cost to the school.

Please book through the STEM Learning website https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/462003/primary-maths-science

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