Mathematical thinking for GCSE

Mathematical thinking has the main aim of study that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looks like in the classroom.

The aim of the Work Group is to enable participants to increase their experience and understanding of:

  • the role of reasoning and problem-solving in the curriculum and the mathematical pedagogy needed to support all students to develop these skills

  • how these skills are tested at GCSE

  • effective collaborative approaches to embed developments across a department.

If you are a teacher of KS4 who wishes to further develop your pedagogical and theoretical understanding of what it means to develop mathematical thinking sign up today!

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