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A lesson in mathematics lessons - update from Project IMPULS

Thanks to Belle Cottingham for this guest blog post on her recent trip to Japan. Belle is a participant of Project IMPULS 2017 and one of the authors of Rising Stars Mathematics.

I have just come back from Japan having been lucky enough to be selected to take part in Project IMPULS, a two week immersion programme designed to give an insight into the learning practices adopted in Japan and methods utilised to enhance learning experiences for all participants. Read more »

Dear Doctor...An activity for overcoming misconceptions in maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.

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Getting back to basics: area

With the pressures of curriculum coverage, topics such as area can sometimes be raced through.  However, lingering with these topics and squeezing out as much mathematical thinking as possible can help children to make links to other areas of maths and experience success which then breeds motivation to master other aspects of maths. In this blog post, Nick Hart takes a look at getting the basics right for this key topic.

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Teaching Ratio

Thanks to Nick Hart, Head Teacher at Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, for this blog post on teaching ratio!

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Fractions: establishing firm foundations for progress

Thanks to mathematics consultant, trainer and author, Caroline Clissold, for this article on fractions and ensuring the basic concepts are understood from an early age to establish firm foundations for progress. If you are interested in hearing more on this topic, please register for a free webinar on 14th June where Caroline will go into more detail and will be able to answer questions. Sign up here.

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Maths: the big ideas

The beauty of maths lies in the interconnectedness of ideas and concepts yet this concept of relationships is often lacking in children who struggle with maths.  Mike Askew, Professor of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, has written about what he calls the big ideas of maths.  These help connect different areas of mathematical understanding, yet are small enough to understand in their own right.  

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Preparing reception children for the Year 1 programme of study for mathematics

Thanks to Caroline Clissold for this guest blog post that focuses on the youngest children at school, exploring ways to use a mastery approach to support them on their learning journey and prepare them for the demands of the Years 1 programme of study. Caroline is a primary mathematics consultant and author of Rising Stars Mathematics.

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Principles and practices of effective homework

Homework can have quite a negative reputation.  However, when it is done well, homework can undoubtedly have a positive effect on learning. With these conditions in mind, here is a set of principles and practices for making homework as effective as possible.

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Intervening effectively to support children with mathematical difficulties

This blog post from Eleanor Hick looks at how to intervene effectively to support children with mahematical difficulties, using new resource On Track Maths.

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Differentiation in the classroom

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at supporting children who are working below age related expectations.

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