Primary Teacher Article Collection

What Did Turing Do for Us?

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

Dr James Grime takes an Enigma machine in to schools. Here he describes how the code-breaking work of Turing and his contemporaries helped to win the war.

What Does it Say to You?

Stage: 1 and 2

Written for teachers, this article discusses mathematical representations and takes, in the second part of the article, examples of reception children's own representations.

What Is a Mathematically Rich Task?

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Here we describe the essence of a 'rich' mathematical task

What's All the Talking About?

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

This fascinating article delves into the world of talk in the classroom and explains how an understanding of talking can really improve the learning of mathematics.

What's Inside/outside/under the Box?

Stage: 2 and 3

This article describes investigations that offer opportunities for children to think differently, and pose their own questions, about shapes.

What's the Difference Between Rich Tasks and Low Threshold High Ceiling Ones?

Stage: Early years, 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Lynne explains the difference between 'rich tasks' and 'low threshold high ceiling' tasks, using examples from the website.

What's to Notice?

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

How do this month's tasks help to 'educate awareness'?

When Letters Are Numbers

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Most primary teachers are not maths specialists. Do letters seem threatening when they are not in words? How can we minimise what seems to be the difference between primary and secondary approaches to the beginning of algebra?

Working Effectively with All Learners

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Some questions and prompts to encourage discussion about what experiences you want to give your pupils to help them reach their full potential in mathematics.

Working with Dinosaurs

Stage: 2

This article for teachers suggests ways in which dinosaurs can be a great context for discussing measurement.

Working with Highly Able Mathematicians

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Bernard describes ways to challenge higher-attaining children at primary level.

Working with Luke

Stage: 1 and 2

In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes conversations with Luke, aged 7, as they worked on some mathematics together.