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 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.

Meaningful Statistics

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.

Mechanics in the Primary Years

Stage: 1

This article for teachers sets out some ideas for introducing children to some of the concepts at the root of mechanics.

MEI 2005

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Presentation given at the MEI conference in Reading 2005

Money Problems?

Stage: 1

Marion Bond investigates the skills needed in order for children to understand money.

Multiplication Series: Illustrating Number Properties with Arrays

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials, but it can also assist them in forming useful mental pictures to support memory and reasoning.

Multiplication Series: Number Arrays

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

Natural Born Mathematicians

Stage: 1

Helen Joyce interviews the neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth whose research has shown that we are all born with a "built-in" sense of cardinal number.

NRICH Changes Autumn 2012

Stage: Early years

Changes are afoot at NRICH. Here's an overview of what to expect..

NRICH Resources for Teachers

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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.