This article discusses the findings of the 1995 TIMMS study how to
use this information to close the performance gap that exists
Ideas to support mathematics teachers who are committed to nurturing confident, resourceful and enthusiastic learners.
In this article, Jennifer Piggott talks about just a few of the problems with problems that make them such a rich source of mathematics and approaches to learning mathematics.
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.
The second in a series, this article looks at the possible
opportunities for children who operate from different intelligences
to be involved in "typical" maths problems.
Alf and Tracy explain how the Kingsfield School maths department use common tasks to encourage all students to think mathematically about key areas in the curriculum.
A video clip of Jo Boaler talking about Complex Instruction.
Two video clips of classes organised into groups to work on
An article that reminds us about the value and importance of communication in the mathematics classroom.
Is problem solving at the heart of your curriculum? In this article for teachers, Lynne explains why it should be.
Find out about the five-term project (January 2014 to July 2015) which NRICH is leading in conjunction with Haringey Council, funded by London Schools Excellence Fund.
Presentation given at the MEI conference in Reading 2005
In this article for teachers, Jenni Back offers research-based guidance about the use of manipulatives in the classroom.
As teachers, we appreciate the need to have clear objectives at the
start of lessons but have been aware of the limitations this
sometimes seems to place on our ability to get the most out of
using. . . .
Creativity in the mathematics classroom is not just about what
pupils do but also what we do as teachers. If we are thinking
creatively about the mathematical experiences we offer our pupils
we can. . . .
Members of the NRICH team are beginning to write blogs and this very short article is designed to put the reasoning behind this move in context.
The teachers involved in the Engaging Mathematics Projectwanted to
embed rich tasks from the NRICH website into their curriculum for
all KS3 and KS4 students. In this article, the teachers share. . . .
In this article for teachers, Bernard describes ways to challenge higher-attaining children at primary level.
The content of this article is largely drawn from an Australian
publication by Peter Gould that has been a source of many
successful mathematics lessons for both children and
student-teachers. It. . . .
This professional development activity is designed to help you
assess your embedding of rich tasks into the curriculum through
An article for teachers based on a lecture and workshop activities at the NZAMT conference in New Zealand 2007
Following on from a workshop at an MA Easter conference, Jennifer
and Jenni talked about the way in which the website is made more
accessible to teachers who want to plan threads of. . . .
In this article Jenny talks about Assessing Pupils' Progress and
the use of NRICH problems.
This article describes no ordinary maths lesson. There were 24 children, mostly Years 3 and 4, and there were 17 adults working with them - mothers, fathers, one grandmother and two grandfathers, a. . . .
Group work depends on effective team work. This article describes
attributes of effective team work and links to "Team Building"
problems that can be used to develop learners' team working skills.
This professional development activity encourages you to
investigate what is meant by higher-order thinking skills.
Not all of us a bursting with creative game ideas, but there are
several ways to go about creating a game that will assist even the
busiest and most reluctant game designer.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes resources on
NRICH that can help primary-aged children get to grips with
Jennifer Piggott and Charlie Gilderdale describe a free interactive
circular geoboard environment that can lead learners to pose
These two tasks are designed to support professional development on
integrating rich tasks. You are asked to think about what problems
that encourage Higher Order Thinking Skills look like.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
This article explores the links between maths, art and history, and
suggests investigations that are enjoyable as well as challenging.
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
In this article for teachers, Lynne explains the difference between 'rich tasks' and 'low threshold high ceiling' tasks, using examples from the website.
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.
This article, written for primary teachers, links to rich tasks which will help develop the underlying concepts associated with fractions and offers some suggestions for models and images that help. . . .
This article for teachers explains why geoboards are such an invaluable resource and introduces several tasks which make use of them.
This article for teachers outlines one school's research project to explore how children, girls in particular, could be motivated in Maths through a more practical approach.
Written for teachers, this article describes four basic approaches children use in understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole.
In this article Liz Woodham reflects on just how much we really listen to learners’ own questions to determine the mathematical path of lessons.
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.
This article for teachers describes NRICH's work with Creative Partnerships and three Bristol primary schools.
This article describes investigations that offer opportunities for children to think differently, and pose their own questions, about shapes.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes conversations
with Luke, aged 7, as they worked on some mathematics together.
Being stuck is usually thought of as being a negative state of
affairs. We want our pupils to succeed, not to struggle. Or do we?
This article discusses why being stuck can be fruitful.
This is activity 1.1 in the series of activities designed to
support professional development through integrating rich tasks.
This activity looks specifically at what makes an activity "rich".
What was it like to learn maths at school in the Victorian period?
We visited the British Schools Museum in Hitchin to find out.
Jenni Way describes her visit to a Japanese mathematics classroom.
In this article for teachers, Bernard gives an example of taking an
initial activity and getting questions going that lead to other