Each year, around 70 teachers from English schools, two from each Maths Hub area, travel to Shanghai in the autumn term and, later in the school year, host their partner teachers from Shanghai for a two-week visit in their schools in England. This is part of a national project, funded by the DfE to look at the effectiveness of the Shanghai maths teaching approaches and how well the approaches can work with English children in English schools. Here at Cedars we have been implementing some of these approaches for some time and, as a result, we are beginning to see our children developing a deeper understanding of maths that will serve them well in the future.
Outward Visit of English Teachers (24th November 2018 – 7th December 2018)
Our very own Miss Glendinning will be representing the Central Maths Hub Primary Mastery Specialists and she will be sharing her experiences in this blog.
The return visit by Shanghai Teachers (12th January – 26th January 2019)
Two Shanghai teachers will be based together in a single host school for the duration of the return leg visit. This year, the host school for the West Midlands is Cedars Academy. Teachers from across the midlands will get the opportunity to experience and observe first-hand Shanghai teaching practice in an English KS2 classroom.
Today Mrs Huang taught 3AP about different games that could be played with the place value grid. The children were excellent at explaining things to Mrs Huang and it was great to see how the children’s understanding was deepened as the lesson progressed.
Wow! Today we had our first showcase lesson in the hall for around 80 teachers from around the Midlands. We reviewed the multiples of 10 and 100 and the patterns between them. Again, Mrs Lui used lots of pictorial representations and we did lots of chanting together. We enjoyed helping Mrs Lui showcase Shanghai’s style of maths lessons to the visitors.
Today we had our first maths lesson with Mrs Lui. We reviewed multiplication by exploring lots of pictorial representation. We looked at the pictures carefully and created matching addition and multiplication calculations. We completed our independent practice in short bursts and reviewed these together with Mrs Lui. We are excited and a little bit nervous for our first showcase lesson tomorrow!
This morning 3AP enjoyed their first Shanghai maths lesson. We learnt about multiples of 100 and how they can help us solve addition and subtraction questions. For example, if we know that 3 + 2 = 5 then we also know that 300 + 200 = 500. Take a look at our lesson below.
This morning Mr Purnell and I went to Heathrow and picked up the teachers from Shanghai. After arriving in Birmingham, some of the other teachers met me in the town centre and showed Mrs Liu and Mrs Huang around some of the sites before getting some dinner. They are really excited about being in the UK and can not wait to meet everyone tomorrow!
The outside looks different to our school but it has lots of classrooms and some play areas like ours has. In this school their are modern classroom and older classrooms – one modern room had 3 interactive whiteboards! There was another big library, an ICT suite (although they don’t have their own chrome books like we have), a gym, an art room with 3D printers and a Lego robot room. They are very good at developing robots from Lego (this is one of the clubs) and have won many competitions over the past 12 years.