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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Maths THUNKS

by Livia Mitson (May 2020)

One of the best websites for problem solving resources and rich tasks is median, which has resources written and collated by Don Steward, who died recently.

As my year 7 class have been experiencing a lot of mymaths and mathswatch recently, I thought we could try out having a go at a Don Steward problem, and we chose this one:

https://donsteward.blogspot.com/2009/04/chchchchanges.html

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Exploring Rosenshine as a Mastery Specialist

By Vicky Osborne (May 2020)

This year I have taken on a new role as a Teaching and Learning Lead. My main interest is Teaching for Mastery in secondary mathematics, and I have been very fortunate now to introduce a mastery approach into 4 different schools. In taking on the role I wanted to give serious consideration to staff wellbeing and workload. I think an enthusiasm for new teaching initiatives can cause an increase in workload for us teachers as we change our lessons and structures in order to meet new expectations.

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Problem solving in the time of Corona

by Ruth Colenso (May 2020)

I was fortunate (and I think brave) enough to attend the London maths event on problem solving. It was run on Zoom with the added twist that you could choose to have a blind date. I was paired with a lovely Scottish chap and we choose to use facetime to talk, and the collaborative whiteboard website bitpaper to share our work.

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