Mathematical reasoning & communication

Workshops exploring how to create a classroom in which mathematical reasoning and communication are central features of learning.

A significant aim of the National Curriculum, and a key aspect of Mastery in mathematics is children's development of mathematical reasoning and the confidence and skills to communicate their reasoning with others. This is the true heart of mathematics: to recognise and understand pattern in the world around us and have the language and resources to describe this. Children need to be taught to follow lines of enquiry, make conjectures about relationships and generalisations. They need to learn how to justify and communicate their arguments mathematically. This does not begin with secondary education and must be embedded in the primary curriculum. Mathematical reasoning is an important aspect of problem-solving in mathematics, along with creative and divergent thinking.

 

This is a pre-requisite topic for workshops in higher order learning.