December 15, 2019

One of the three main aims of the revised maths curriculum is to ensure that all pupils can reason mathematically in maths but it’s not always clear what we mean by this and how to incorporate it into lessons. So what is reasoning?

The NCTM tells us that: The ability to...

October 27, 2019

This very question appeared in a Facebook group recently albeit with a couple of words replaced to make it more palatable! As teachers, we assume that parents know what we are talking about when we use terms such as the number line but how would a parent know if it is...

September 17, 2019

Over a period of eighteen years, my mum had a vested interest in the primary school that all six of us attended. For the first fourteen years, she had no reason to ask for a meeting since she had no concerns. However, when our youngest sibling was seven, Mum noticed th...

June 4, 2019

One aim of the primary maths curriculum is for pupils to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. While we should incorporate this throughout the year, it can sometimes slide as teachers prepare for tests. If that’s...

April 17, 2019

As pupils and teachers enjoy their Easter break, those teaching in Year 6 will be acutely aware of the time left after the break to prepare for SATS.

Given that these tests are designed to show pupils’ attainment by the end of their primary schooling, perhaps schools sh...

February 6, 2019

Running any extra-curricular club takes time and commitment often within an already frenetic day. So you want to make sure that your time is spent well and pupils benefit from attending an extra-curricular activity.

The following questions can help you clarify your thou...

November 26, 2018

“What do you mean you’ve got a maths game for homework? That’s not real work but don’t worry, I will find you a worksheet.”

When this conversation between a pupil and his mother was relayed to me one morning, it made me realise that I had made a huge assumption that par...

October 12, 2018

It’s great to hear the buzz of pupils discussing their ideas during maths lessons and the benefits of this type of interaction are well known by now. Discussion helps learners to clarify and make sense of concepts, provides support for those who are less confident and...

September 18, 2018

It’s the start of the year, and the typical primary maths classroom will be sporting multiple colourful display boards which will gradually be filled over the coming weeks. No doubt one of the boards will be allocated to maths given that it covers approximately 20% of...

September 2, 2018

As the new term rapidly approaches, many teachers will be resolving to get a proper work/life balance this year. However, this intention is often forgotten by the third week of term as the planning and marking load starts to take its toll. Teachers are super busy and,...

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