Singapore Maths for EYFS (Introduction)


The Singapore approach is an exciting and effective way to teach maths. Through well-established teaching methods and the use of carefully researched text books, children are able to develop a love and deep understanding that allows them to master maths.

At St Mary’s C.E. Primary we have extensive training and experience of developing the Singapore approach with both our own students and other schools. We are part of the National Text Book Project, piloting the use of text books in primary schools and our maths lead is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) who leads the Primary Singapore Project for North West 1 Maths Hub.

This workshop is aimed at EYFS practitioners who would like to find out more about the Singapore Maths approach. No prior knowledge of Asian approaches is assumed in this workshop, and examples will be drawn from across mathematics.

This workshop includes:
- a demonstration of a Singapore maths lesson
- discussion with teachers and Early Years lead
- presentation of the principles, progression and planning of early years maths
- opportunity to look at evidence of GLD (early years), our resources and examples of children’s work

Fiona Hagsharfi joined St Mary’s in 2004 and currently is an Assistant Head teacher and Maths Lead here. Fiona has implemented the Singapore approach to maths, firstly in KS1 and EYFS and then into KS2 following an intensive programme of training and visits to Singapore. All teachers at St Mary’s have received the 3-day intensive training by Dr Yeup Ban Har.

St Mary’s is a strategic partner for the North West One Maths Hub. Through this St Mary’s was selected as a pilot school for the Text Book Project on which Fiona leads.

Fiona was part of the first cohort of Mastery Specialist Teachers trained by the NCETM. Mastery specialists are trained in a variety of South East Asian approaches, including the Singapore and Shanghai approaches. She is now a Mastery Specialist Lead for the North West One Maths Hub and runs both her own and supports other Mastery Specialists with their Teacher Research Groups. She also leads primary projects on behalf of the hub.

Fiona will be visiting Shanghai, and hosting teachers from Shanghai as part of the Shanghai exchange programme to deepen her understanding of the different South Asian approaches to maths.

Fiona has a wealth of experience is developing ‘Lesson Study’, both as internal professional development for staff at St Mary’s and in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

Fiona is a NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead and also delivers training to others working towards this accreditation. She is a designated Specialist Leader of Education for maths through the NCTL.

All autumn 2016 sessions of this workshop have now taken place. Additional dates will be set for the Spring term shortly.

The price of this workshop is £90 per pair of colleagues.

Additional dates for this session are likely to be set for the Spring term.  In the meantime, you may be interested in our counting session for the Early Years.


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Please contact Rachel Eppy on 0161 226 1773 or with any queries or booking issues