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Primary Magazine - Issue 5

Created on 27 November 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 April 2013 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 5

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Primary Magazine. In this issue, we explore the mathematical possibilities that surround us over the Christmas period, looking at a wealth of opportunities to devise mathematical activities based around the celebrations. 


From the editor
In this issue we consider different approaches to improvement and attainment in mathematics.
Up2d8 maths NEW!
This issue of Up2d8 is based around imperial and metric measures. This area of mathematics is introduced through two recent news stories, the first about distance signposts put up in Sandbach, a town in Cheshire, using kilometres instead of miles and the second about a trader in east London who faces prosecution for using imperial weighing scales. They provide great opportunities for some exciting measures work.
The interview
Our interview is with Professor Celia Hoyles OBE, the Director of the NCETM who, among her many achievements, became the Chief Adviser for Mathematics in the Department for Education and Skills in 2004. As you will read in her interview, she has a passion for mathematics which she has passed on to countless children, students and adults over her many years in the field of education. 
Focus on...Christmas
This focus provides a wealth of opportunities to devise mathematical activities based around Christmas, with interesting facts and websites to explore with your class. The ideas can be adapted and modified for all years from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
Starter of the month
Our starter suggestions are based around the Christmas theme too. There is an idea for The Twelve Days of Christmas for EYFS. KS1 look at mental calculation strategies to find the value of things in Santa’s magic sack. KS2 are offered a word challenge.
A little bit of history
In this issue, we go back in time to the Ancient Babylonian number system. This is one of the oldest and most sophisticated of the ancient number systems. It has a base 60 system rather than the 10 we use today. It was developed from the way they divided up their day e.g. 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour. You could make up some challenging maths activities for your children from the information given in this article.
Something to share - So we’re speaking…but are they really listening?
The focus in this issue is speaking and listening. We provide guidance for teachers who wish to plan speaking and listening activities into their teaching, including key skills, teaching points and useful classroom techniques.
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