# 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.

### Primary Proof?

##### Stage: 1

Proof does have a place in Primary mathematics classrooms, we just need to be clear about what we mean by proof at this level.

### Olympic Measurements

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

Alan Parr offers some thoughts on various measurements recorded during the Olympic Games. From the accuracy of timing in the pool to the point system in the heptathlon, Alan gives us food for thought.

### 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.

### Place Value as a Building Block for Developing Fluency in the Calculation Process

##### Stage: 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.

### Place Value: the Ten-ness of Ten

##### Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

This article develops the idea of 'ten-ness' as an important element of place value.