A net or not?

By Mark Dawes (December 2020)

What is your response to the instruction “draw the net of a cylinder”?

  1. To draw a rectangle and two circles
  2. To quibble with the word “the” in the question
  3. To state that “the net of a cylinder” doesn’t exist

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Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

by Julie Jacques (November 2020)

This week saw the first session of the Cambridge Maths Hub work group on Mathematical Thinking for GCSE. Because this is one of the Five Big Ideas in Teaching for Mastery I signed up. The work group is led by the Deputy Lead of the Cambridge Maths Hub. There were only three participants – me, a head of department and someone else who I didn’t get to meet because their microphone and video were not working. It meant I got to spend 90 minutes deeply unpicking maths questions with three other teachers – wow, what an amazing CPD opportunity! Being online makes accessing this workgroup really easy too. If you would like to come and join in the fun, email admin@cambridgemaths.org They have said that they will re-run session one for anyone else who wants to take part.

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From EYFS to KS3

by Chris Clayton (September 2020)

I was reminded of the early foundations in the teaching of mathematics when I attended a seminar on subitising for early years. At the seminar, the book Making Numbers: Using manipulatives to teach arithmetic, by Griffiths, Back & Gifford (2016) was recommended. While the book is aimed at EYFS and KS1, as I started to read it I realised the impact it could have on mathematics teachers at KS2 and KS3.

It will certainly have an impact on my own work.

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About the Cambridge Maths Hub – September 2020

By Mark Dawes (September 2020)

This blog post is aimed at those who want to find out more about the Cambridge Maths Hub, either because they are new to teaching maths, are new to our region, or want an update as to what is going on in this strangest of years!

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Geometry Quest

By Julie Jacques (July 2020)

Geometry is one of the most beautiful and versatile areas of mathematics, which is why it is my favourite area to teach. Shape fills the world around us; just look around you now, how much geometry can you see? During the lockdown period, 30 of our Year 7 mathematicians have been on such a quest.

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We don’t all see the world in the same way

By Mark Dawes (June 2020)

It has taken me a while to realise that Zoom and Teams look different on a PC, on an iPad and on a Mac.  For example, the Zoom toolbar might be in the middle of the bottom of the screen (PC), or in the top right-hand corner (iPad).

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Substitution bingo – developing mathematical thinking in a task

by Livia Mitson (May 2020)

I was working with a year 7 class on developing meaning around algebra.  We were scheduled to look at like terms, substitution and writing expressions.  I wasn’t happy with the traditional way that I had taught it in the past as it seemed to lack opportunities for mathematical thinking.  So I bought some ATM books about algebra activities to try to expand my repertoire.

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