The Shanghai exchange programme is a national project aiming to improve the teaching of mathematics here in the U.K. In September 2017 St John’s Primary and Nursery School were lucky enough to send Miss Laney (Leader of Learning) to Shanghai with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
The trip to Shanghai was such an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how Maths is taught in China. Miss Laney saw how the teachers are absolutely committed to fine- tuning every lesson and how lesson observation and ‘guidance meetings’ are part of the process of improvement and professional development. A few misconceptions about what might be seen were also resolved – with no rote learning, just engaged, confident and competent mathematicians who were able to problem – solve in different contexts and undertake practical activities. Experiencing a lesson first hand really puts the concept of Mastery into an understandable context.
In January, we were really excited to welcome two teachers from Shanghai, Ms Aimee and Ms Wang, to teach maths in years 3 and 4. Across the two week period, we had over 200 visitors from schools and organisations across the South, as well as press coverage from the Chinese BBC!
Here are some photos and videos of this incredible experience that we were lucky enough to share with our children and teachers.