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Primary Magazine - Issue 4

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Created on 03 November 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 27 November 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Primary Magazine. In this issue we explore the mathematical possibilities of winter.... another winter already, what happened to summer this year? This month’s Interview is with the director of Primary Engineer, Susan Scurlock, who tells us how mathematics has influenced her life. Our feature A little bit of history looks at the Egyptian number system. In Starter of the month there are suggestions for winter-style oral and mental starters based on the NSP strand numbers and the number system. Our CPD opportunity in Maths to share focuses on models and images. In this issue we are introducing something completely new - Up2d8 maths!


From the editor
Have you considered lesson study in your school as a way to improve teaching techniques and children’s progress?
Up2d8 maths NEW!
The aim of Up2d8 is to present mathematical ideas that you can develop and work on with your class which centre around something topical either in the news or for the time of year. Our first offering is called Credit Crunch.
The interview
Our interview is with Susan Scurlock the National Director of Primary Engineer. She devised the Primary Engineer project, which aims to encourage very young children to consider engineering as a career. 
Focus on winter
This focus provides a wealth of opportunities to devise mathematical activities based around the season of winter, with interesting facts and websites to explore with your class. It also explores possible cross-curricular links.
Starter of the month
Our starter suggestions are based around the winter theme. There is a number-matching snowman game for EYFS. KS1 look at pairs of mittens and fingers in gloves to practice counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. KS2 work with temperatures around the world at this time of year.
A little bit of history
In this issue, we go back in time to the Ancient Egyptian number system. It will be archived, so if you have already finished a topic on Ancient Egypt you can access it to use next time around. It provides some great activities for the children to try out in their maths lessons – and/or their topic sessions.
Something to share
The focus in this issue is models and images. It explores the possibilities of the number line, bead string, 100 square, arrow cards and more. Have you ever used a Japanese soroban or even heard of one? Now is your chance!
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