28 June 2017
We've published Issue 97 of our Primary Magazine, the final issue of the school year. We look at the phenomenon of maths anxiety, and delve into our rich archive to suggest some maths INSET activities for the start of the next school year. Happy reading and have a restful summer!
- Are you starting to think about INSET and staff training for September? Our recent series of features, Maths in the Staff Room, offered guided and resourced sessions for short (one or two hours) professional development meetings. In this article, we've reviewed those most currently relevant, and picked out some favourites, also suggesting how they might be run together or consecutively to form more extensive staff development in the areas of mental maths, and calculation.
- You've probably observed some association between maths anxiety and poor performance – but did you know that it is shown to affect the working memory? Did you know that girls report getting maths anxiety more than boys, and that teachers with maths anxiety can pass it on to pupils? What strategies do you have for reducing maths anxiety for yourself and for your pupils? Here, we take the opportunity to familiarise you with the Espresso feature from Cambridge Mathematics: the most recent example focuses on maths anxiety.
And here are some other things to draw to your attention:
- In the last issue, we featured a group of schools in North London working together to find effective ways to help pupils learn and use times tables knowledge. They've now made a video of their experience.
- Another video in our series of school leader interviews recently went live: this one is from Wath Primary CE Primary School in South Yorkshire. In this 25-minute interview, the headteacher gives a management perspective on how teaching for mastery has been introduced at the school.
- Did you miss seeing Chinese teachers teaching maths lessons in England earlier this year? This video of a Y6 fractions lesson in Guildford captures a flavour of their lessons. There is also a video of the post-lesson discussion with local teachers. There will be opportunities to observe more Shanghai teachers in England in November/January in the next academic year – contact your local Maths Hub for details.
- Mathematical Salad from Cambridge Mathematics, offers the latest news stories, blogs and hand-picked morsels in pithy, digestible chunks. A couple of months ago, they ran a feature on teaching sequences through coding to primary pupils.
Don’t forget that all previous editions of the magazine are accessible through our Primary Magazine Archive, where you can find previous articles arranged by type as well as by issue number. Each of our magazines can be downloaded as a PDF document, and you can sign up to an RSS feed for any of our online magazines so you never need miss another issue.