Pictorial Representation, Maidenhead – POSTPONED

  • Pictorial Representation
    21 May 2020
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A student’s understanding of mathematics can be enhanced by turning a problem into a picture.  This often enables students to access a multi-step question independently when they find the words alone confusing.  Techniques such as bar modelling and array modelling are being used in a more wide spread manner in Primary schools already. 

The aim of this work group is to :

  • Review some of the visual representations used at primary school, with a focus on those which are applicable to the content of the secondary curriculum and develop them and other representations to support the learning of the secondary curriculum
  • Exam different representations for the same question to analyse ease of interpretation and usefulness in terms of seeing what to do to solve the problem
  • Plan lessons using pictorial representations to promote a depth of understanding
  • Discuss how to disseminate this learning throughout a mathematics department and build it into schemes of work 

Teachers will be given time to try out the different ideas they meet, discuss how they might use pictorial representations to enhance the learning process and evaluate the impact of their ideas.

Work Group Lead: Anne Morgan

Funding: This work group is funded through the Maths Hub grant from the DfE and can be offered at no charge to delegates.  Funding will also include a contribution to supply cover for delegate schools.



Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2QB, United Kingdom


Parking: limited parking available on site.  Additional parking available nearby, next to the station.

BBO Maths hub