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Primary Magazine - Issue 2

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Created on 08 September 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 July 2009 by ncetm_administrator

 Primary Magazine Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of the NCETM Primary Magazine. In this issue we explore the mathematics of The Olympics and we continue our series about mathematics from ancient cultures in ‘a little bit of history’. We also have some more starter ideas and a couple of new features.  
From the editor
The first of these provides a CPD opportunity for mathematics subject leaders/coordinators to share with their staff during a short slot in a staff meeting or, if you wish, to extend for a whole one. In this issue the focus is group work.

It would be great to hear some feedback on how this went should you decide to use it.

Please add your comments to the Primary Forum.

In our second new feature, we will be interviewing various people about how mathematics has influenced their lives. In this issue, our interview is with Mel Clarke who competed in this year’s Paralympics in Beijing (6–17 September).

• The NCETM commissioned Curee to write an evidence bulletin as part of a strategy to give teachers access to research that can inform their practice. The evidence bulletin is designed to summarise research in interesting ways and provide materials to support teachers who want to try out new methods. Click here for the bulletin chapter entitled ‘Structured Group Work’. It provides advice for teachers on how to guide and model group discussion as well as suggested activities that could work well in groups.

• Recently, Professor Dylan Wiliam, deputy director at the Institute of Education, University of London, commented that: “There is no doubt that pressure, through assessment, can be very good for children: I have never been a believer in allowing children to just do what they want. But when the pressure is too great it leads to cheating, stress and disengagement among pupils, as we are witnessing in many schools today.” 

This came from the Civitas blog, which questions whether the KS2 results are in fact  the best ever, with its title: Faking it. 'Best ever' Key Stage 2 results - but how many  children who reached Level 4 can actually read this sentence?

It makes interesting reading.  Read the full report here.

What do you think? Do your experiences bear witness to this? 
We would love to hear your views and form a discussion in our forum.

• Have you explored the primary CPD module on the portal: Key ideas about making connections in mathematics? If not, why not have a look? It explores the importance of concrete to visual to abstract representations with research, ideas, planning and matters for personal professional development.
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Primary Focus. Explore the NCETM web portal with these quick and easy ideas to get you started.  
View Primary Magazine Issue 1
Primary Magazine Archive coming soon..

Browse... Issue 2
Starter of the month, A little bit of history, Focus on, Links to the Primary Framework, How mathematics has influenced my life, Something to share
Develop your mathematics specialism - Apply online - Influential Mathematics Teachers Conferences

Starter of the month


A little bit of history


Focus on... Beijing 2008 – Olympic mathematics


Links to useful resources


The Interview - Mel Clarke, paralympic bronze medal winner


Something to share


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