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Maths paths in Europe
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Strategic Maths paths in Europe" will bring together mathematics education expertise from a range of European parties to develop mathematical skills and concepts. It will aim to recognise good practice and strategies in all participating institutions and the raise the level of attainment of mathematics in all partner schools as well as improve pupil's confidence in using and applying mathematics skills in all contexts. It is designed to give teachers the skills and confidence to teach mathematics, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy. In line with the national picture to enhance teaching and learning, our project which focuses primarily on primary education will provide children with secure and necessary skills. We aim to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, including the acquisition of higher-order skills, such as the ability to explore, to reason and to communicate mathematically. We want children to use their mathematical skills effectively to solve mathematical problems with confidence in daily life. In addition, we strive to develop a positive attitude toward mathematics, seeing mathematics as a powerful way of looking at situations, and becoming confident in one's own mathematical ability. The project will allow sound pedagogical approaches to mathematical teaching and learning to be shared as well as develop essential resources to support high quality mathematical experiences for all young children. This will be one of the key focuses of all project meetings; it is hoped team teaching will take place between partner countries, an opportunity to share good practice. As well as developing and creating a "tool kits" and high quality resources for all areas of the mathematics curriculum. In addition to this, the project is aimed at developing an understanding of similarities and differences between the culture, lifestyles, celebrations, festivals and traditions of participating schools. It is hoped that the project will be embedded into the curriculum, with a cross curricular thematic approach. It will take the form of 6 mini topics across the 2 years; Maths in the Street, Maths in the Shops, Maths on the Playground (around school), Maths at Christmas, Maths in the Kitchen and Maths in the Garden. he main focus in each of these mini topics will be on the "3 C's" - Calculation, Communication and Culture. Calculation - Pupils will explore and discover fascinating mathematical concepts in an exciting and interesting way. They will perform a series of hands-on, fun mathematical activities which they share between participants. The children will exchange and take part in sharing; skills, strategies and techniques for problem solving and improving pedagogy. Communication - The pupils and staff of all partner schools will continuously develop many new ICT skills and new technologies. This will be through; e-mail. Skype, video conferencing, website, presentations, video, radio broadcasts and podcasts. Culture - The children will exchange cultural information between partner schools to develop a greater understanding of each other’s traditions, customs and important cultural events, this will be linked directly to the 6 mini topic themes. Despite mathematics being the main focus for the project, many other subjects of the national curriculum will also be covered. It is hoped that the project will develop the ICT skills of pupils and staff; an area that participating schools would like to develop. All schools will share and disseminate information and work through various ICT facilities available to them, for example, web logs, e-mail, digital imagery, ICT presentations, project web site as well as regular exchange of pupils work. We are continually searching to find ways of integrating all pupils, regardless of age, culture, religion or nationality and feel this project will cater for all pupils. It will motivate pupils and provide them with a vast variety of opportunities to use, share and develop their mathematical skills and concepts, as well as add considerable knowledge and understanding of not only their own culture, traditions, festivals and heritage but their European partners too. We also believe that through developing European partnerships we will be supporting great potential for curricular benefits. It will enrich the experience of teaching and learning across the curriculum, as well as provide inspiration, a vital source and a real life context for developing many curriculum skills.
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