First Six Weeks: Maths

Week Essential question Action
Week 1 Who are we as mathematicians? Find out about your students’ attitude to Maths

  • What do they like/not like/two stars and a wish/ questionnaire to document their present feelings
  • Teach a collaborative Maths game-see Nrich games
Week 2 What productive dispositions do we want to see in Maths? Make productive dispositions visible

  • The Attitudes and Learner Profile in Maths-what do they look like? LP in Maths
  • Agree on Maths Norms, e.g. Jo Boaler’s Norms in the Maths class or What makes a good mathematician? or 8 math practices of Jedi masters or create a ‘Looks like…Sounds like…. Students’ job…. Teachers’ job….’ anchor chart
  • Interactive modelling of use of Maths resources & games
  • Maths Morning Meeting (see individual grade OneNote notebooks-Morning Meetings)
  • Introduction to Academic Choices (TFSW p63-64; p79; p95) Choices linked to first unit
Week 3 How do we ensure that we are always learning (1)? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

  • Introduce comfort zone, stretch zone, panic zone. Share information about growth mind-set and the importance of mistakes 
  • Continue Academic Choices (TFSW p118; p135; p151)
  • Introduce an Estimation Talk-why and when do we estimate? Brainstorm & record. See When near enough is good enough
  • Teach vocabulary for Maths Unit 1 (see OneNote-Quiz, quiz, trade; Top Ten (see Emma); Teach 1, Learn 15; (see Kath); personal Maths dictionary on Book Creator; show A Maths Dictionary for Kids
  • Introduce My Maths
  • Interactively model a Maths game – see  Nrich games
  • Maths Morning Meeting
Week 4 How can we improve our communication in Maths? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion C: Communication  Math Criteria PYP student version

  • Explicitly teach how to organise Maths work. Maths book expectations. Create anchor chart.
  • Interactively model a Number Talk including sharing strategies with partner
  • Interactively model a Maths game: Nrich  games 
  • Continue Academic Choices (TFSW p173-4; p187-8; p204-5)
  • Maths Morning Meeting
Week 5 How do we ensure that we are always learning in Maths (2)? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion B: Pattern

  • Interactively model a Pattern Talk
  • Continue Academic Choices (TFSW p222)
  • Interactively model Maths games- Nrich games
  • Maths Morning Meeting
Week 6 How do we solve Maths problems? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion D: Approach to Problem-solving