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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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