Maths in Context
Working walls in action
While spending time with schools over the last year, Education Works is delighted to see so many brilliant Maths in Context Working Walls in use. They are innovative and interactive - take a look at a few examples.
Education Works are committed to delivering imaginative and creative approaches to learning. The classroom environment is best used in a ‘planning into practice' way so that classroom displays support the teaching and learning sequence and children can explain how displays help them to learn. Education Works' Working Walls consultancy focusses on what a Working Wall is and how to develop one in the classroom for both Literacy and Mathematics.
Maths in Context Benefits
- allows for genuine 'planning into practice'
- allows for links to be made 'cross-strand'
- actively promotes the Teaching and Learning sequence over two to three weeks leading to a definite outcome
- provides an audience and a purpose for mathematics children understand the 'what', 'why' and 'who for'
All teaching staff across the school.
The training focuses on using Working Walls to their full potential. By creating a pathway through the planning, teachers create a genuine teaching and learning sequence. Teachers learn how to create an audience, provide the children with a purpose for the work, include real-life situations and problem-solving activities to provide meaning and context.
The training is then followed up with 1:1 sessions with teachers to plan a Working Wall together and draw it out on paper to act as a plan. Sam Adams also provides a follow-up staff meeting with a whole-school Learning Walk. This allows each teacher to ‘host’ the other staff and take three to four minutes to explain how they have developed their Working Wall over time – focussing on the mainly positive aspects, which are collated and shared with all staff.
The training ensures a whole-staff message and the 1:1s provide a genuine opportunity to talk through a plan and to develop a creative, fun way of ‘doing Maths’ thinking about audience and purpose. The results are fantastic classroom environments that support learning.