Primary Teacher Article Collection

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.

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.

Rich Mathematics Rich CPD

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

NRICH website full of rich tasks and guidance. We want teachers to use what we have to offer having a real sense of what we mean by rich tasks and what that might imply about classroom practice.

Rocking Chairs, Railway Games and Rayboxes

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including modelling scientific enquiry.

Search for Structure: Actions and Objects

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

John Mason describes the thinking behind this month's tasks.

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.

Purposeful Paper Folding

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.

Reasoning: Identifying Opportunities (Article)

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for primary teachers we consider in depth when we might reason which helps us understand what reasoning 'looks like'.

Reasoning: the Journey from Novice to Expert (Article)

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which we can help learners move from being novice reasoners to expert reasoners.

Shaping up with Tessellations

Stage: 2 and 3

This article describes the scope for practical exploration of tessellations both in and out of the classroom. It seems a golden opportunity to link art with maths, allowing the creative side of your children to take over.

Stacks of Maths!

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

In this article for teachers, Bernard gives an example of taking an initial activity and getting questions going that lead to other explorations.

Supporting Highly Able Mathematicians - Teachers

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

How can teachers stimulate and engage highly able mathematicians in school

Supporting the Exceptionally Mathematically Able Children: Who Are They?

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

How and why should we identify Exceptionally Mathematically Able children? What do they say and do that leads us to know that they are exceptional?

Take a ... Geoboard

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers explains why geoboards are such an invaluable resource and introduces several tasks which make use of them.

Take One Example

Stage: 1 and 2

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Take Some ... Counters

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for primary teachers outlines how using counters can support mathematical teaching and learning.