**by Livia Mitson (April 2020)**

*“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door”*

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Apr

2020

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Mar

2020

For the past 10 years I have organised an annual maths week at my school, a small village primary school with about 90 pupils in 4 classes. Being a small school, the children are used to mixing up for various special days such as art days and book days. We also have buddy systems which mean the Year 6s often help out their Reception and Year 1 buddies and the Year 5s act as play leaders at break times. Maths week has become a highlight of the school calendar and is something the children and parents look forward to and comment on having a positive impact.

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Feb

2020

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the visit made to Shanghai by Katie and Jo (primary school teachers) and Ruth (secondary maths teacher).

While we were in Shanghai, we were interested in the use of mathematical language in every lesson we saw, both at primary and secondary levels. Each key point had vocabulary associated with it, which all students were expected to know and use as part of their reasoning.

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Jan

2020

This post explains some of the things Katie, Jo (both primary school teachers) and Ruth (secondary maths teacher) experienced during their visit to Shanghai. In March 2020 some teachers from Shanghai will come to England. Some will be based at Saffron Walden County High School and others at Burrowmoor Primary School. Do look out for the Shanghai Showcase events that are open to all and which will be advertised shortly.

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Jan

2020

For many people, maths is precise. Mathematics is often exact. Mathematical vocabulary however isn’t.

Years ago I was asked by a colleague “is a vertex where three or more faces meet?”. I agreed that it was. The next question was “what is the thing at the top of a cone called?”. (My initial flippant response was “it depends which way up it is”, whereas the best answer is probably, “ice cream and a flake”). It is, of course a vertex too. We also use ‘vertex’ in lots of other mathematical situations, for example in graph theory, with intersecting lines, in 2D shapes and at the turning point of a quadratic graph.

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Dec

2019

This is the second blog in a series about the recent trip that Ruth, Katie and Jo made to Shanghai, representing the Cambridge Maths Hub. This post focuses on three primary ideas.

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Nov

2019

In November 2019, three teachers from the Cambridge Maths Hub visited a school in Shanghai to observe mathematics lessons and to talk to teachers. This is the first of a series of blogs that will explore some of the interesting things they encountered. It focuses on some ideas that cropped up in secondary lessons, as recorded by Ruth Colenso.

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Nov

2019

Desmos can be used to draw pictures that include straight lines and curves. See www.desmos.com/art for some ideas. Here are a few of the techniques that might be helpful.

Go to www.desmos.com and click on ‘Start Graphing’.

It is worth signing in (it’s quick and easy to create an account – particularly if you already have Gmail) because then you can save your work.

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Sep

2019

Mark writes:

Cate Middleton, subject leader for mathematics at Littleport and East Cambs Academy is keen on mathsy art. When I saw some of the things she has done with her pupils I was blown away by both the quality and the quantity of the ideas she had gathered from lots of different places. With Cate’s permission, I share some of these here.

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Jun

2019

I am not sure whether my love of maths was inspired by my love of games and puzzles or vice-versa. What I do know, is that I am always fascinated by the intersection of these two great things in the Venn diagram of my life.

A recent example is the game *Kingdomino* by Blue Orange games. The game, which won the *Spiel des Jahres* in 2017, is beautiful in its elegance and simplicity but has an intriguing mathematical coincidence at the heart of its design.