June 13, 2018

Getting outside for PE at this time of year usually involves some form of athletics, even if only in the form of practice for the fast-approaching Sports Day. This presents an excellent opportunity to practise measuring which is such an important but sometimes neglecte...

May 4, 2018

It is that time of year when there are reports of students aged ten and eleven, as well as their teachers, feeling stressed as the SATs exams in maths and English rapidly approach.

As educators, the run-up to SATs is an opportunity to emphasise the importance of ba...

March 13, 2018

Despite the fact that the 14th March is not expressed as 3.14 in the UK and many other countries, it is still worth giving some attention to this irrational number on Pi Day, which takes place on Wednesday. Here are approximately three activities – other than eati...

February 23, 2018

Quick answer: help them to see the patterns within, and connections between, different sets of multiples.

A quick search on Google for times tables will present a page of sites offering times tables games, and great fun can be had playing these while consolidating the m...

January 23, 2018

A common scenario when teaching maths is the one where you have taught a maths concept, such as area and perimeter, that pupils appeared to grasp quickly only to find that when they are asked to apply it sometime later, they appear to have completely forgotten what was...

December 30, 2017

As you read this, you are hopefully relaxing and enjoying the feeling of actually having some time to stop and pause without the feeling of the daily race against the clock where your mind is filled with thoughts of all the things that need to be completed before a spe...

December 14, 2017

As Christmas approaches, it can be one of the busiest times of the year (at the end of a very long term), and it can therefore be tempting at times to keep pupils busy and occupied with festive maths activities that consist of seasonally decorated consolidation activit...

November 17, 2017

Do your pupils do maths in silence?

Fortunately, working in silence during maths lessons is not the normal mode of working within primary schools. So why is this fortunate? 

Well, talking about maths clarifies pupils’ ideas and means that they have to justify their reaso...

October 12, 2017

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year to work on some maths outside: the mornings are often crisp and bright but it is not too cold and dull in the way that it can be during the winter months. Younger pupils often work outside of the classroom walls all year...

September 18, 2017

One of the most common questions asked of a maths subject leader is: "How do I get my pupils to solve word problems?" Another lament is: "They understand the maths but cannot apply it in a word problem!" 

Firstly, we need to be clear what we mean by word problems. Words...

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