Today, UK Maths expert, Ray Maher visited the Athena schools in Birmingham. This is the record of the tweets I made of the event.

5 schools meet for #Athena day at the Beeches for #RayMaher on Raising Standards in Mathematics

#RayMaher still does teaching in school – says best teachers should be in Year 3 – it's the engine room of the school

#RayMaher- best resource in schools is human

#RayMaher – if get foundations right, you get the rest right – times tables by rote – make sure 7 year olds know them off by heart.

#RayMaher wonders why some Year 6 don't have methods for + – x and Ã·

#RayMaher says UK is 4th in World in maths (behind, Korea, China, India)

#RayMaher -think of a number, double it, add 5, multiply by 50, +1760, – year you were born. My answer = 738

#RayMaher talks about weighting of maths. 20% U&A, 50% N@C, 20% SSM, 10% DH

#RayMaher questions how secure children are at end of Year 3. (should be level 3)

#RayMaher says if you get the calculation right, you're going to get standards up

#RayMaher – child methodology: in my head? Using drawings / jottings? can I use expanded / compact written method? need calculator?

Teaching one method means less able improve, but more able stay the same… #RayMaher

#RayMaher says models and images in Y1-Y3 are really important

#RayMaher – sort out misconceptions in Year 3

#RayMaher Use number lines to develop mental imagery – then move quickly on to efficient written methods when understanding is secure

#RayMaher advocates using Grid Method – Level 3: 2 dig by 1 dig / Level 4: 2 dig byt 2 dig. Can't do grid method unless timetables secure

#RayMaher gives example of using bus stop for 47 Ã· 8. #fail!!!!

#RayMaher Chunking is repeated subtraction. Egof Y5 non-divider who caught on with chunking 10 lots of 17 on a number line (for 191 Ã· 17)

#RayMaher indicates that children need to OWNtheir one method for +, -, x, Ã·. It's not one method per teacher, but one method per child.

#RayMaher – we need progression of calculations policy from foundation stage to Y6. Gives example of very simple policy.

#RayMaher says use calculations policy as displayed curricular targets

#RayMaher use easy-language display of calculations policy to go home for parents

#RayMaher has marvellous counting stick with velco on and 'Mortimer' a puppet who counts up and down.

#RayMaher shows place value mats for Lower KS2. Place value strips for addition. Number squares – 0-99 better than 1-100.

#RayMaher shows viewfinders for number squares. – Algorithmic Ls – great resource for revitalising our number squares

#RayMaher Know 1, get 3 free sheets. Show that one addition fact gives 3 more (1 +, 2 -); 1 multiplication fact gives 3 more facts (1 x, 2Ã·)

#RayMaher – round tables – look ace. TAs – make up packs of all these FAB resources

#RayMaher – Language pyramids for maths language

#RayMaher – shows kinaesthetic resource for counting

Useful numbers game like countdown http://bit.ly/1HqVtn #RayMaher

Good place for maths games (although the cost…) http://bit.ly/cAghdW #RayMaher

#RayMaher shows Busy Bees good SODA (Start Of the Day Activities) for maths http://bit.ly/dqDGOZ (it costs Â£20)

#RayMaher – can you gain 5 minutes during register? Research shows that if you do the children will get cleverer…

#RayMaher advocates buying Nintendo DS to support mental recall – brain traing / maths training

#RayMaher uses numeracy passport to support progression of key skills. http://bit.ly/8ZEHNl

RT @frogphilp: #RayMaher uses numeracy passport to support progression of key skills. http://bit.ly/8ZEHNl

#RayMaher says Wirral Authority give children a 'travel bag' for pre-passport activities where children get stuff when they achieve learning

#RayMaher demonstrates resources that include left-handed children

#RayMaher shows Fiery Ideas Passport kit. Costs Â£55 but is comprehensive for developing mental maths and instant recall http://bit.ly/b0FX3h

#RayMaher points out that doing bonds to 6, 7, 8, 9 are as important as bonds to 10.

#RayMaher – organisation of passport instant recall means that you can focus on skills for different groups during main activity of lesson

#RayMaher – passport objectives: know all recall by Year 5; more confident at doing sums in heads; key skills for ECM; kids love it!

#RayMaher argues that APP should be standardised – 5 schools on this day – we could meet to standardise our practice

#RayMaher Shows a grid of standardisation

#RayMaher warns that great resources like Pitch and Expectations http://bit.ly/bn0sia may be removed from website as funding is withdrawn

#RayMaher says learning objectives should be broken down – different buzzwords 'steps to success', 'learning ladders'

#RayMaher example of steps to success for Grid method: partitioning, multiply by 10, recall of times tables, spatial awareness, addition…

#RayMaher shows resource linking AFs – Objectives – Steps to Success – Resources

Robin at #RayMaher day points out that steps to success can become a barrier for teachers if they don't use common sense.

Robin at #RayMaher says that a teacher's job is to make planning exciting and relevant; not to pull planning from the ether.

At #RayMaher day, http://bit.ly/OuI2Y (Mathletics) is demonstrated. Looks great – Education City rival – Athena have paid for 2 years

#RayMaher endorses Mathletics

"If there's a problem, there's a solution" says #RayMaher about to introduce section on problem solving…

#RayMaher says put maths into context – 'Deal or No Deal' with special offers from supermarkets

#RayMaher Shows problem solving frames – RUCSAC (Read, Understand, Choose an operation, Solve, Answer, Check)

#RayMaher Problem with RUCSAC – no estimation

#RayMaher 6 schools meet #Athena My tweetdeck is keeping me fully informed with @frogphilp chirps. Sounds great. Chirp…

#RayMaher Other Problem solving Frame – RACECAR (Like RUCSAC but with estimation)

#RayMaher Problem Solving – Use maths in a real context – real money, use roleplay, prices, 5-a-day, special offers, price vs mass, data.

#RayMaher – lesson idea work out how much Cola is replaced by ice at Macdonalds (Tip: answer = about 67%)

#RayMaher shows free game to show supermarket maths http://bit.ly/bTKk8H

#RayMaher shows Number Crunch Bunch http://bit.ly/cHgOzt (Â£25) to encourage dialogue

#RayMaher – Could use Flips to film children speaking about conceptions / misconceptions to promote class discussion

#RayMaher If there are 196 legs and 126 eyes at a dog show, how many people and dogs are present?

#RayMaher shows Maths Talk TV http://bit.ly/bqfsA9 (Â£60) (NB Teacher.tv has stuff on dialogue http://bit.ly/ckYhd9)

#RayMaher shows beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and asks: What maths can you see?

#RayMaher Logic and Reasoning is possible area of weakness in UK primary schools

#RayMaher shows logic problem: http://bit.ly/bTzAXT – Can you solve it?

#RayMaher shows progression for making decisions – build up complexity from simple decisions

#RayMaher points out you can get free education resources about London Olympics from http://bit.ly/bCLD21

#RayMaher shows Professor Problemo – interactive software and resource sheets (Â£25) http://bit.ly/9atnwC

#RayMaher recommends free resource: Mathematical Challenges for able pupils http://bit.ly/apfZxn #gtchat #mathchat

#RayMaher recommends Gecko Maths http://bit.ly/aIFBqj Korean problem solving that has contributed to SK being number 1 in maths

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