Primary Teacher Article Collection

2010: A Year of Investigations

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

A Brief History of Time Measurement

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.

A Japanese Mathematics Lesson

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Jenni Way describes her visit to a Japanese mathematics classroom.

A Maths Afternoon

Stage: 1 and 2

This article describes no ordinary maths lesson. There were 24 children, mostly Years 3 and 4, and there were 17 adults working with them - mothers, fathers, one grandmother and two grandfathers, a classroom assistant and their regular teacher. Every child was working with an adult, and no two adults sat together.

A New Challenge

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Bernard gives some background about the theme for November 2011's primary activities, which focus on analysing different approaches.

A Problem Is a Problem for All That

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

In this article, Jennifer Piggott talks about just a few of the problems with problems that make them such a rich source of mathematics and approaches to learning mathematics.

A Random Rambling Rant

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

A random ramble for teachers through some resources that might add a little life to a statistics class.

ACME Report: Developing Able Young Mathematicians

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

Lynne McClure gives an overview of the ACME report 'Raising the bar: developing able young mathematicians', published in December 2012.

Activities on the Gattegno Chart

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article, Alf outlines six activities using the Gattegno chart, which help to develop understanding of place value, multiplication and division.

Adding and Subtracting Positive and Negative Numbers

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?

Adding with the Abacus

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did people do to save time working out more difficult problems before the calculator existed?

Approaches to Area

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.

Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) and NRICH Resources

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

In this article Jenny talks about Assessing Pupils' Progress and the use of NRICH problems.

Back to the Practical?

Stage: 2 and 3

In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain why the pattern occurs.

Bands and Bridges: Bringing Topology Back

Stage: 2 and 3

Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Bloom's taxonomy

Breaking the Equation ' Empirical Argument = Proof '

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

This article stems from research on the teaching of proof and offers guidance on how to move learners from focussing on experimental arguments to mathematical arguments and deductive reasoning.

Building up to Coding

Stage: 1 and 2

This article describes the underlying mathematical ideas and skills involved in the important mathematical application of coding.

Calculating the Difference: A Discussion of the Use of Calculators in the English Primary Classroom.

Stage: 1 and 2

Clare Green looks at the role of the calculator in the teaching and learning of primary mathematics.

Calendar Activities

Stage: 1

Don't get rid of your old calendars! You can get a lot more mathematical mileage out of them before they are thrown away. These activities, using cut up dates from the calendar, provide numbers to practise skills that may be in need of review after a holiday break.

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