Primary Teacher Article Collection

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.

Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

Children's Mathematical Graphics: Understanding the Key Concept

Stage: 1

In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.

Children's Mathematical Writing

Stage: 1 and 2

Bernard Bagnall discusses the importance of valuing young children's mathematical representations in this article for teachers.

Closing the Learning and Teaching Gap

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

This article discusses the findings of the 1995 TIMMS study how to use this information to close the performance gap that exists between nations.

Co-operative Problem Solving: Pieces of the Puzzle Approach

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

The content of this article is largely drawn from an Australian publication by Peter Gould that has been a source of many successful mathematics lessons for both children and student-teachers. It presents a style of problem-solving activity that has the potential to benefit ALL children in a class, both mathematically and socially, and is readily adaptable to most topics in mathematics curricula.

Coordinating Classroom Coordinates

Stage: 2

This article describes a practical approach to enhance the teaching and learning of coordinates.

Count the Beat

Stage: 1 and 2

This article, written by Nicky Goulder and Samantha Lodge, reveals how maths and marimbas can go hand-in-hand! Why not try out some of the musical maths activities in your own classroom?

Creative Approaches to Mathematics Across the Curriculum

Stage: 1

Suggestions for teachers about exploring maths in different contexts: art, history and so on

Crossing Bridges

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

An article for teachers based on a lecture and workshop activities at the NZAMT conference in New Zealand 2007

Cultivating Creativity

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Creativity in the mathematics classroom is not just about what pupils do but also what we do as teachers. If we are thinking creatively about the mathematical experiences we offer our pupils we can open up opportunities for them to be creative. Jennifer Piggott shares some of her thoughts on creative teaching, and how it can encourage creative learners.

Dancing with Maths

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

An article for students and teachers on symmetry and square dancing. What do the symmetries of the square have to do with a dos-e-dos or a swing? Find out more?

Developing a Classroom Culture That Supports a Problem-solving Approach to Mathematics

Stage: 1 and 2

This article offers you practical ways to investigate aspects of your classroom culture.

Developing Excellence in Problem Solving with Young Learners

Stage: 1 and 2

Becoming confident and competent as a problem solver is a complex process that requires a range of skills and experience. In this article, Jennie suggests that we can support this process in three principal ways.

Developing Good Team-working Skills

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Group work depends on effective team work. This article describes attributes of effective team work and links to "Team Building" problems that can be used to develop learners' team working skills.

Developing Good Team-working Skills in Primary Schools

Stage: 1 and 2

This article looks at team building in the primary context.

Developing Logical Thinking: the Place of Strategy Games

Stage: 1 and 2

This article outlines how strategy games can help children develop logical thinking, using examples from the NRICH website.

Developing Number Fluency - What, Why and How

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for primary teachers, Lynne McClure outlines what is meant by fluency in the context of number and explains how our selection of NRICH tasks can help.

Developing Rich Mathematical Thinking for All

Stage: 1 and 2

Resources used during CPD sessions at Gillingham St Michael's Primary School, near Beccles.

Developing the Classroom Culture: Using the Dotty Six Activity as a Springboard for Investigation

Stage: 1 and 2

This article suggests how to dig deeper into who answers questions in your classroom using the game Dotty Six.