East Midlands Branch

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Unless otherwise stated, meetings are here:

Important: Due to the popularity of previous events held at this venue you are strongly advised to book early.


To be announced


Previous Meetings 

Saturday 4th February 2017 09:30 - 12:00

'A whistle stop tour of ideas!' Delivered by: Rachael Horsman 

During this session will try out a variety of activities designed to engage pupils in their learning, develop their understanding and problem solving skills, and also to realise how much fun maths can be. Be ready to complete some maths, win some prizes and enjoy working together. All the resources shared will be available via drop box and most are easily adaptable for different ages and abilities. 

REMINDER:
There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5) and for GTP/PGCE students (£2).

The ATM & MA will have publications available via bookstalls at breaktime (please bring cash or cheque).

To book a place please send you Name / School by email to: Rob Smith 

Venue: University of Leicester, Museum Studies Building, 19 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Saturday 12th November - 9:00am arrive for 9:30am start. 

Problem Solving through Paper Folding - Fran Watson

In delivering a curriculum with an emphasis on problem-solving, creativity and developing robust knowledge and technical skills, paper folding offers a practical, purposeful and collaborative activity suitable for a wide range of ages. Paper folding and origami also particularly helps develop fine motor skills in young children.

Origami models of geometric 2D and 3D objects can provide a practical starting point for exploring mathematics. Creating and unfolding models and examining the geometric properties of the creased paper can help to develop understanding about symmetry and fractions, and leads naturally on to proof through extending such mathematical reasoning.

The paper folding acts as a focus for discussion and development of mathematical language as well as providing a manipulative which lends a physicality to many of the properties being discussed and helps students to link the abstract concept with something concrete to support the idea.

Venue: Museum Studies, Leicester University, 19 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF

Cost - There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)

The ATM/MA will have publications available via bookstalls at registration. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day.

Download flyer here


Special Session for Teachers and Year 8/9/10 Students

Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 4:30pm - 5:45pm (arrive from 4pm)

So who uses mathematics? - Douglas Butler 

Delivered by Douglas Butler: a celebrated teacher, author, software developer, international presenter and general enthusiast for the relevance and enjoyment of mathematics and its applications in the real world.

This session will be designed to instil a lasting curiosity for mathematics, It will start by exploring the world using Google Earth. There are many curious objects that can be explored by school-level mathematics. Other matters to be considered include the problem of the ideal angle to throw a cricket ball (it is not 45°!), how does Hawk-eye work, and how are 3D objects created in CGI movies.

It is also important to know where to find relevant and easily downloaded data, to address the need for the analysis of real, large data sets in GCSE courses and problem solving exercises.

Venue: Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre, Leicester University, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

The ATM/MA will have publications available via bookstalls at registration. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day.

Cost: There is no charge for this presentation. Teachers are encouraged to bring Year 8/9/10 pupils along.

Any questions, or to book a place, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Download the flyer here.  


 

Saturday 12 March 2016 - 9:30 - 12:15 (Arrive from 9am)

Making Numbers with Jenni Back, Sue Gifford and Rose Griffiths

This workshop will look at several aspects of a current two-year research and development project, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The aim is to support primary teachers in using ‘manipulatives’ to help children learn about numbers and arithmetic in engaging and meaningful ways. This workshop session will provide many opportunities for you to try out activities that have been found to be effective in supporting children’s understanding and reasoning. There will be alternative representations of problems, key findings and hope to collect your ideas about ways of providing guidance to teachers. 

The MA and ATM will have publications available via bookstalls at break time. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day.

Venue: Museum Studies, Leicester University, 19 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF

 As always, bookings are now being taken so to book a place please email your name/school to: 

Eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk

Cost - There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)

Any questions, or to book a place, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Download the flyer here.  


Due to the popularity of this event we have now got a 'Wait List' If you would like more information please contact Rob Smith

Saturday 14th November  - 9:30 - 12:15 (Arrive from 9am)

Teaching More by Teaching Less: Getting Learners to Make  Use of Their Natural Powers

‘Problem Solving’ is back on the agenda; training learners to carry out procedures is the focus of education managers. How then do we teach in a manner consistent with our own ideals, namely that learners become independent learners, taking mathematical initiative and developing both their disposition to think mathematically and the use of their mathematical powers?

Participants will be invited to engage in some mathematical tasks by means of and through which we can discuss these and similar topics. Tasks will range from years 1 through 10 and will be approachable by teachers of any ages.

Delivered by - John Mason

The MA and ATM will have publications available via bookstalls at break time. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day. 

As always, bookings are now being taken so to book a place please email your name/school to: ma-atm-eastmidlands-secretary@live.co.uk

 Cost - There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)


Saturday 12 March 2016 - 9:30 - 12:15 (Arrive from 9am)

Making Numbers with Jenni Back, Sue Gifford and Rose Griffiths

this workshop will look at several aspects of a current two-year research and development project, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The aim is to support primary teachers in using ‘manipulatives’ to help children learn about numbers and arithmetic in engaging and meaningful ways. This workshop session will provide many opportunities for you to try out activities that have been found to be effective in supporting children’s understanding and reasoning. There will be alternative representations of problems, key findings and hope to collect your ideas about ways of providing guidance to teachers. 

The MA and ATM will have publications available via bookstalls at break time. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day.

 As always, bookings are now being taken so to book a place please email your name/school to: 

Eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk 

Cost - There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)

Any questions, or to book a place, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Download the flyer here.  


Previous meetings

Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 19:00

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM will be followed by a committee meeting. 

Venue: 15 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RB


Saturday 9th May 2015 

Rich mathematics from Closed Questions - Colin Foster 

People sometimes say that closed questions, with one right answer, such as “What is 3 + 7?”, should be turned into open questions, like “What numbers could add up to 10?” Is this good advice? Are open tasks better than closed tasks?

Cost - There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)

To book a place please send you Name / School by email - eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk


Saturday 15th November 2014 - 09:00 - 12:15 

The Joint ATM/MA East Midlands Branch host the session 'Space Maths' 

Using space as context to engage pupils in real life maths with presenter Graham Colman

To book a place please send you Name / School by email to:eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk



Saturday 28th February 9:30 - 12:15 

Cost
There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5.00) & for GTP/PGCE students (£2.00)

Fraser Nobel Hall, Leicester University, 2 University Road,  
Leicester, LE1 7RF 

REMINDER
The MA and ATM will have publications available via bookstalls at breaktime (Please bring cash or cheque).


The Joint ATM/MA East Midlands Branch host the session ‘Aims of the New Curriculum’ on May 10th 2014.

The format will be:

  • 09:30am - 10:10am Session 1
  • Short 10 min break
  • 10:20am - 11:00am Session 2
  • 11:00am - 11:30am
  • Refreshment break with chance to look at bookstalls (see note further down).
  • 11:30am - 12:10pm Session 3

To book a place please send you Name / School by email to:eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk

When: Saturday 10th May 2014 Time: from 9:30am until 12:15pm.

'Aims of the New Curriculum' In this workshop based session, you will be able to choose from 3 different sessions looking at various aspects of the Aims of the New Curriculum.

  • Literacy Jenni Ingram and Fay Baldry Proof and Reasoning Jan Parry.
  • Problem solving Ryan Woolaston & Tom Pearce
  • Working Mathematically Lynne Evans (Further details about the session and the presenters to be sent by presenters asap please).

Where: Fraser Nobel Hall, Leicester University, 2 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF Cost:

There is an entrance fee for those in work (£5) and for GTP/PGCE students (£2).

There are still some places available, for those that have not signed up already, avoid disappointment by signing up now. To book a place please send you Name / School by email to:eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk


Sat 27 Apr 2013 • 09:30–12:30

Practical Geometry: A session for all

Who do we mean when we say ALL?

  • All…ages or key stages
  • All…genders
  • All…racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • All…reading abilities
  • All…Language backgrounds
  • All…‘ON’ target, ‘BELOW’ target, ‘ABOVE’ target

The session will consist of a number of hands-on activities and will cater for all Key Stages KS 1 - 5.

Students should be encouraged into playing and engaging in mathematics. They should be activities that develop reasoning, both Logically and independently and stimulate talking about, and communicating their reasoning.

Attendees will be able to select from a number of different workshop style activities.

A brief overview of a couple of the workshops:

  • Working with 2D Shapes: It is better that pupils work with and develop their own concepts of shape properties rather than just learning lists of shape properties. In this workshop we will look at activites which will encourage pupils to investigate shapes from different perspectives.
  • Big practical geometry at KS1 and KS2: In this session we will be looking at some opportunities to work with the primary geometry curriculum on a large scale.
  • Logic Reasoning Games: A look into geometrical reasoning using MetaForm Logic Builder and SET game. Will involve hands-on playing of the game with a look at how it can be used in the classroom.

The MA and ATM will have publications available via bookstalls at break time. If you want to see a selection and the variety available you can visit the two website shops. A selection will be available on the day.

As always, bookings are now being taken so to book a place please email your name/school to: eastmidlandsbranch@atm.org.uk


Sat 23 Feb 2013 • 09:30-12:30

How can we develop a problem solving classroom culture?

Mike Ollerton currently works in a variety of mathematics teaching related roles. These include supporting teacher development in maths teaching, leading mathematics curriculum development in primary schools and secondary maths departments both inside the UK and abroad. Mike regularly runs workshops at mathematics conferences and is a keynote speaker at mathematics courses.

Mike’s methodologies involve problem solving approaches, rich mathematical tasks, a range of resources (e.g. paper folding, geoboards, dice, cards and dominoes), developing teaching strategies, ideas for maths lessons and active learning.

Change of Venue

We are still at Leicester University in the Museum Studies Building, Lecture Hall instead of the Fraser Noble Hall. The Museum Studies Building is just across the street from the Fraser Noble and is the white building next to 21 University Rd at the back of the small car park.

It is building number 19 on the campus map.

University Road is currently closed at the junction with London Road.

If driving, you will need to come along University Road from the direction of Regents Road.

There are diversion signs but you can access those parts of London Road.

Parking, as always, is limited and not always easy to find a space but there are a small number of parking spaces at the School of Education, metered parking on the street and probably more suitable is the Victoria Park car park which is only a short 5 minute walk away.

Due to the room change above, we will hopefully have juice and water available but will probably be unable to do tea and coffee. Everything else is as planned.


10 Nov 2012 • 09:30-12:30

Big Maths! with Paul Treversh and Greg Thomas

Big Maths is a Teaching And Learning Session providing fun practical ideas that are sure to engage pupils in YOUR classroom.

These are ideas and strategies that you will be able to take away and use!

Greg Thomas and Paul Treversh have both taught maths for many years with experience as subject leaders, as senior leaders and as National Strategy advisers.

Currently Greg and Paul work as independent advisers using their experience to support schools to actively improve teaching and learning in the classroom. They work with departments to develop schemes of learning and help them to keep abreast of the latest resources to ensure that they are able to maximise the achievement of learners.

As you will see from their dynamic session, both believe in the importance of making learning mathematics enjoyable, fun and relevant in order to stimulate and engage pupils.

Bookstalls

A selection of ATM and MA publications will be available at branch prices. Please bring cash or cheque on the day.

Important: Due to the popularity of previous events held at this venue you are strongly advised to book early.

Tue 11 Sep 2012 from 19:00 - 19:15 pm followed by the branch committee meeting until 21:00.

Venue for this meeting: 15 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH

The AGM will be followed by a branch committee meeting and all who attend the AGM are welcome to attend the committee meeting.

This is a great opportunity for members to find out about the work of the committee and to become more involved.

There is NO charge to attend the meeting.


16 Jun 2012 • 09:30-12:30

Speed Dating!

An opportunity to sample new mathematical ideas that will engage your learners! We have a kaleidoscope of presenters on hand, sharing practical activities they have used in their classroom. These activities are based on published materials from the ATM and MA. Presenters include:

  • David Crawford (Leicester Grammar School)
  • Jan Richardson (School of Education, University of Leicester)
  • Julie Dillow (Leicester College)
  • Rob Smith (Welland Park)
  • George Knights (retired mathematics consultant)
  • Greg Thomas (T & T Education Consultants)

Bookstalls

A selection of ATM and MA publications will be available at branch prices. In particular we will be selling the publications presented at the meeting.

Please bring cash or cheque.

The charge for each meeting is £5.00 for those in work and £2.00 for students.

Important: Due to the popularity of previous events held at this venue you are strongly advised to book early.


A collection of mathematics workshops, including mathematical mazes (suitable for primary), mobile devices for mathematics activities and rich tasks.


‘The Mathemagician’

You will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop where you can:

  • Develop expertise in presenting a range of ‘mathemagical’ activities to improve your students’ confidence in mathematics.
  • Review activities that are designed to illustrate aspects of the curriculum, including “Problem-Solving"
  • Share your experiences with other practitioners!

The activities are suitable for all students ranging from Year 1 through to Key Stage 4! You will be able to take your students on a “magical journey” that subtly changes their attitude to mathematics. You may wish to review the current newsletter and collect the free gifts. The session will be lead by Andrew Jeffrey.

Andrew is an independent mathematics consultant and formerly deputy head teacher at a school in the South of England. When he is not working as a consultant, he is a professional magician. He specialises in helping teachers and children alike grow in confidence through the use of multi-sensory and stimulating activities. He continues to enthuse and inspire students of all ages with his mathematical tricks. Andrew has established a reputation for enthusiastically delivering training to teachers in the UK and around the world to help them get to grips with making the most out of active learning strategies and in promoting an enjoyment of the subject.


East Midlands ATM/MA Branch Annual General Meeting

Thu 22 Sep 2011

19:00-19:15 at 15 University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH

The AGM will be followed by a branch committee meeting and all who attend the AGM are welcome to attend the committee meeting. There is NO charge to attend the meeting.


Sat 21 May 2011 • 09:15-12:00

A session on Autograph led by Alan Catley.

The power of ICT in the classroom will be shared with you during this session. You may wish to review some of the freely available activities, by clicking on the link, and download a trial version of Autograph to use during the meeting.


Alan Catley

Alan has 30 years experience of teaching Maths, first in a High School and more recently in a Sixth Form College in the North East of England. He continues to develop efficient strategies to enhance the subject at all levels. In recent years he has established a reputation for enthusiastically delivering training to teachers in the UK and around the world to help them to get to grips with making the most out of technology in the teaching and learning of Mathematics.

The power of ICT in the classroom will be shared with you during this session. You may wish to review some of the freely available activities, by clicking on the link, and download a trial version of Autograph to use during the meeting.

Bookstall


Sat 5 Mar 2011 • 09:30-12:15

Please note the date has changed from 12 Mar to 05 Mar 2011.

Using origami in the mathematics classroom can help to foster problem solving and creativity. During this workshop the presenters will share ways of using origami to support the development of mathematical understanding through practical, cooperative activity. The mathematics will range from geometry (which you might expect) to fractions (which you might not expect) and proof. The workshop will be suitable for teachers of mathematics at primary, secondary and beyond. The sessions will be lead by Sue Pope and Tung Ken Lam.

Sue Pope: will be joining the Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University in February 2011. She has spoken at various events and coordinated policy with respect to mathematics teaching. Click on Sue’s ‘Talking Heads’ monologue where she shares her experiences on ‘taking risks in the classroom’.

Tung Ken Lam: is a classic ‘shy retiring’ type of creator, who comes up with beautiful and elegant designs, often geometric in nature. He doesn’t ‘push’ his work, you just have to be there when he unveils it! Before you come to the session you may wish to look at some of his work (presented by the British Origami Society) or view the video for designing the Cuboctohedron!


Sat 06 Nov 2010 • 09:30-12:15

Data Handling using ICT

We will be using the excellent ICT facilities at this Mathematics and Computing College for our meeting on data handling. The sessions will be led by Kate Richards and Douglas Butler.

Kate Richards: Coordinator of the 2011 school based National Census Project, works with the ‘Census at School’ team and will be sharing practice on how the Census data can be used to support pupils’ learning of data handling in a practical way. Kate will also be coordinating the special school-based project running in 2011 (coinciding with the National Census) so this is a fantastic opportunity to get an early insight into the work.

Douglas Butler: Author of ‘Using the Internet - Mathematics’, principal author of the Autograph (mathematics software) package and director of the iCT Training Centre, based at Oundle School, Peterborough. Douglas will be sharing practice on how Autograph can be used in the classroom and by your pupils. Look out for tips and resources for managing the Census at School 2011 project.

If you want to make the most of the National Census next year, meet the speakers who will have a large input in the running of the school-based project and collect valuable resources then we look forward to seeing you.


Sat 22 May 2010 • Morning

This is the suggested date for our summer term meeting.


Sat 27 Feb 2010 • 09:30-12:00

What are the chances of that happening?

Inspiring activities for both primary and secondary age ranges.

  • luck and superstition
  • winning the lottery
  • believing what we want to believe
  • testing for extra sensory perception

Alan Graham from the Open University will lead this session with inspiring examples for primary and secondary school teaching.


Sat 07 Nov 2009 • 09:30-12:00

Grid Algebra

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PLEASE NOTE: This session is now fully booked.

Dave Hewitt of the University of Birmingham, introduced this exciting new software from ATM.

Based on making journeys around a number grid and recognising number patterns, the creation and interpretation of algebraic expressions becomes intuitive.

Learners link to what they already know about movement on the grid.

We explored various number and algebra activities collectively with the software and saw how traditionally ‘difficult’ topics within algebra can now become relatively intuitive for students.

There was also a chance to try out the software and discuss it in small groups.


Sat 07 Jun 2008

Starting with an Isosceles Triangle

Stephanie Prestage and Pat Perks, University of Birmingham presented Starting with an Isosceles Triangle.

It included:

  • A hands-on exploration of Shape and Space
  • Inspiration on using the Isosceles Triangle to teach Geometry
  • Ideas for teaching in Key Stage 2 to 4
  • Some files from Douglas Butler relating to the MA-ATM meeting addressed by Sue Johnston-Wilder.

Dungeness Lesson Plan

A lesson investigating the properties of the giant Sound Mirror near Dungeness. 

  • DungenessLessonPlan.pdf - a Word file for students to work through
  • dungeness-parabola.agg - Autograph file (requires v3.2)
  • dungeness-parabola.jpg - Image of the Autograph file

Trevor Fletcher Cycloid


A classic animation from Trevor, generating a Cycliod from circles. You can see the film on our website here.

  • FletcherCycloid.agg - Autograph file (requires v3.2)
  • FletcherCycloid.png - Image of the Autograph file

Sue Johnston-Wilder’s game with three coins


This is modelled by the Geometric Distribution, with p = 1/8

  • Geometric(3heads).agg - Autograph file (requires v3.2)
  • Geometric(3heads). png - Image of the Autograph file

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