INSPIRE maths advocate school

St Thomas Church of England primary, Blackburn, has been appointed as an Inspire Maths Advocate School as a result of demonstrating good teaching and learning of the Singapore approach in 2016/17.

Liam Noon (Assistant Headteacher and Mathematics Lead) and Judith Myhill (Numbers Count Teacher and Mathematics Lead) said;

“Inspire Maths has had a huge impact on our whole school approach to mathematics. We feel that we are now addressing the three main national curriculum aims through a more structured and connected programme. Through the professional development that we have received and the detailed teacher guides, our teachers have developed a deeper understanding of how children become successful mathematicians. By implementing Inspire Maths across our school it has brought a new found vibrancy towards the teaching and learning of mathematics.”

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to be an advocate school for INSPIRE maths. We are excited about the journey that we are on and look forward to the future.

What is INSPIRE maths?

At St. Thomas’ we will begin a full implementation of Inspire Maths across our school in September 2016. It was chosen as it is a whole-school primary maths programme that provides everything we need to support an approach to teaching and learning mathematics which is greater in depth and meets the higher expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.

Inspire Maths is a transformational, whole-school approach, to raising pupils’ achievement in maths. The programme of resources is built upon the internationally acclaimed approach to teaching mathematics in Singapore. Published by Oxford University Press it is based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here, used in 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools.

Inspire Maths has also been selected by the Department for Education and National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics for the Year 1 textbook project running in 34 maths hubs nationwide. The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. A great endorsement for the programme.

How does INSPIRE maths work in your child’s classroom?

Inspire Maths uses accessible individual pupil textbooks (one copy for each child) which introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all our children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians. Inspire Maths builds firm foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. It uses a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery.