Primary Teacher Article Collection

Mathematical Problem Solving in the Early Years: Developing Opportunities, Strategies and Confidence

Stage: Early years and 1

In this article for Early Years practitioners, Dr Sue Gifford outlines ways to develop children's problem-solving strategies and confidence in problem solving.

Mathematical Ways to Spend Your Summer

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

Here we look back at the year with NRICH and suggest mathematical summer holiday activities for students, parents and teachers.

Maths and Creativity in Bristol

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes NRICH's work with Creative Partnerships and three Bristol primary schools.

Maths in the Victorian Classroom

Stage: 2 and 3

What was it like to learn maths at school in the Victorian period? We visited the British Schools Museum in Hitchin to find out.

Maths Trails

Stage: 2 and 3

The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.

May the Best Person Win

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?

Meaningful Maths Trails

Stage: 1 and 2

Avril Crack describes how she went about planning and setting up a Maths trail for pupils in Bedfordshire.

Meaningful Statistics

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.

Mechanics in the Primary Years

Stage: 1

This article for teachers sets out some ideas for introducing children to some of the concepts at the root of mechanics.

MEI 2005

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Presentation given at the MEI conference in Reading 2005

Money Problems?

Stage: 1

Marion Bond investigates the skills needed in order for children to understand money.

Multiplication Series: Illustrating Number Properties with Arrays

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials, but it can also assist them in forming useful mental pictures to support memory and reasoning.

Multiplication Series: Number Arrays

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

Natural Born Mathematicians

Stage: 1

Helen Joyce interviews the neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth whose research has shown that we are all born with a "built-in" sense of cardinal number.

NRICH at Every Stage

Stage: 1 and 2

Whether you are reflecting on the mathematical developments children have made over the year, or thinking about activities for a transition day this article offers plenty of ideas and tasks to support you.

NRICH Changes Autumn 2012

Stage: Early years

Changes are afoot at NRICH. Here's an overview of what to expect..

NRICH Resources for Teachers

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Number Sense Series: A Sense of 'ten' and Place Value

Stage: 1

Once a basic number sense has developed for numbers up to ten, a strong 'sense of ten' needs to be developed as a foundation for both place value and mental calculations.

Number Sense Series: Developing Early Number Sense

Stage: 1

This article for teachers suggests teaching strategies and resources that can help to develop children's number sense.

Numbers and Notation - Ambiguities and Confusions

Stage: 1

While musing about the difficulties children face in comprehending number structure, notation, etc., it occured to the author that there is a vast array of occasions when numbers and signs are used in anomalous ways; often these are at the earliest stages, when they must be enormously confusing. However, they also frequently happen in adult situations.