# Primary Teacher Article Collection

### Parents, Children and Maths

##### Stage: 1

Jenny Murray writes about the sessions she leads in schools for parents to work alongside children on mathematical problems, puzzles and games.

### Path of Discovery Series: 1. Uncertain Beginnings

##### Stage: 1

Marion Bond suggests that we try to imagine mathematical knowledge as a broad crazy paving rather than a path of stepping stones. There is no one right place to start and there is no one right route to follow. This article looks at ways of offering children mathematical experiences throughout the day, not just in maths lessons.

### Path of Discovery Series: 2. First Steps

##### Stage: 1

This article takes a closer look at some of the toys and games that can enhance a child's mathematical learning.

### Path of Discovery Series 3: I Do and I Understand

##### Stage: 1

Marion Bond recommends that children should be allowed to use 'apparatus', so that they can physically handle the numbers involved in their calculations, for longer, or across a wider ability band, than is currently the norm.

### Pattern Power

##### Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

### Performing Beyond Expectations - Using Sport to Motivate Students in Mathematics Lessons

##### Stage: 2, 3 and 4

In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.

### Placing Our Trust in Learners

##### Stage: 1, 2 and 3

In this article Liz Woodham reflects on just how much we really listen to learners’ own questions to determine the mathematical path of lessons.

### Plaiting and Braiding

##### Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes resources on NRICH that can help primary-aged children get to grips with negative numbers.

### Number Sense Series: A Sense of 'ten' and Place Value

##### Stage: 1

Once a basic number sense has developed for numbers up to ten, a strong 'sense of ten' needs to be developed as a foundation for both place value and mental calculations.

### Number Sense Series: Developing Early Number Sense

##### Stage: 1

This article for teachers suggests teaching strategies and resources that can help to develop children's number sense.

### Numbers and Notation - Ambiguities and Confusions

##### Stage: 1

While musing about the difficulties children face in comprehending number structure, notation, etc., it occured to the author that there is a vast array of occasions when numbers and signs are used in anomalous ways; often these are at the earliest stages, when they must be enormously confusing. However, they also frequently happen in adult situations.

### Numbers Numbers Everywhere!

##### Stage: 1 and 2

Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.

### On Problems and Problem Solving - Looking Backward and Forward

##### Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Jenny Piggott reflects on the event held to mark her retirement from the directorship of NRICH, but also on problem solving itself.

### Opening Out

##### Stage: 1 and 2

Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.

### Outside the Box

##### Stage: 2 and 3

This article explores the links between maths, art and history, and suggests investigations that are enjoyable as well as challenging.

### Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

##### Stage: 2, 3 and 4

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

### Pattern Sniffing

##### Stage: 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers outlines how we can encourage children to create, identify, extend and explain number patterns and why being able to do so is useful.