Primary Teacher Article Collection

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.

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: 2 and 3

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

Positive about Negative Numbers

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.

Problem Solving: Opening up Problems

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have greater potential.

Professional Development Support

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Progression in Primary Probability

Stage: 1 and 2

The beginnings of understanding probability begin much earlier than you might think...

Pupils' Recording or Pupils Recording

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

This article, written for teachers, looks at the different kinds of recordings encountered in Primary Mathematics lessons and the importance of not jumping to conclusions!

Ratio or Proportion?

Stage: 2 and 3

An article for teachers which discusses the differences between ratio and proportion, and invites readers to contribute their own thoughts.

Rich Mathematical Tasks

Stage: 1 and 2

Liz Woodham describes a project with four primary/first schools in the East of England, focusing on rich mathematical tasks and funded by the NCETM.

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.

Place Your Counters...

Stage: 1 and 2

An article for teachers which first appeared in the MA's Equals journal, featuring activities which use counters.

Primary Children's Mathematical Recording

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

This article for teachers outlines different types of recording, depending on the purpose and audience.

Problem Solving and the New Curriculum

Stage: 1 and 2

Is problem solving at the heart of your curriculum? In this article for teachers, Lynne explains why it should be.