Primary Teacher Article Collection

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.

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.

Talking about Maths - 1

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

The first of two articles for teachers explaining how to include talk in maths presentations.

Talking about Maths - 2

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

The second of two articles explaining how to include talk in maths presentations.

Teaching Fractions with Understanding: Part-whole Concept

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Written for teachers, this article describes four basic approaches children use in understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole.

Ten-frames Games

Stage: Early years and 1

These games use ten-frames to develop children's 'sense of ten'.

The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: Co-ordinating Space in Drawings

Stage: 1

This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.

The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: 5 to 18

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the work of Piaget and Inhelder.

The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: the Importance of Instruction.

Stage: 1 and 2

This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.

Thinking 3D

Stage: 2 and 3

How can we as teachers begin to introduce 3D ideas to young children? Where do they start? How can we lay the foundations for a later enthusiasm for working in three dimensions?

Thinking about Different Ways of Thinking

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

This article, the first in a series, discusses mathematical-logical intelligence as described by Howard Gardner.

Thinking Through, and By, Visualising

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view of the purposes and skills of visualising.