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Primary Magazine - Issue 7

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Created on 16 January 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 February 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh issue of the Primary Magazine. 

In Maths to share – CPD for your school, we focus on the effective use of interactive whiteboards. The aim behind these articles is that you, as a mathematics subject leader or coordinator, lead a whole or part of a staff meeting on key issues in the teaching and learning of mathematics. If you use these, it would be great to hear how they have been received by your staff. Please add your comments to the Primary Forum, or post them below.
This issue's Up2d8 maths focuses on the opportunities for fractions and percentages within the context of money, as the last few months have seen closures of high street stores and massive sales reductions in others. 


From the editor
In this issue, we consider learning mathematics outside the classroom. We also ask for your opinion of the interim report on the primary curriculum review and give you the link to make your response directly to QCA.
Up2d8 maths
This issue of Up2d8 is based around the December 2008 closure of the well-known high street retail store Woolworths, and the January sales. The mathematics within this focus provides great opportunities for some exciting work involving fractions and percentages within money, and the opportunity to explore currency conversion, our old monetary system, and imperial and metric units of weight. With some careful planning these suggestions can be adapted for both KS1 and KS2.
The interview
Our interview is with Dr Mark Biddiss who delivers maths shows to learners of different ages, hands-on maths workshops to primary and secondary pupils and his own in-school and centre-based INSPIREmaths™ Teachers’ CPD/INSET to Primary and Secondary Teachers; he also writes teachers’ mathematics resources. 
Focus on...St Valentine
As 14 February is fast approaching, this issue’s focus provides opportunities to devise mathematical activities based around St Valentine. It provides useful information and weblinks for further exploration.
Starter of the month
Our starter suggestions are based around St Valentine’s Day. In the EYFS, children look at recognising and ordering numbers on large hearts. In KS1, children work on number pairs that total 10, 20 and multiples of 10 to 100. The focus for KS2 is to work out longest and shortest routes to deliver Valentine’s cards.
A little bit of history
In this issue we go back in time to the Ancient Inca number system. They did not have a written language but according to research they did invent a number system that might have been used to make complex calculations. They used a form of geometrical tablets, known as yupana, and appear to be a type of abacus.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
In this issue, we explore the effective use of interactive whiteboards. For this CPD opportunity, you will need to meet in the ICT suite or a room with sufficient PCs for colleagues to work in pairs. It would be helpful if your colleagues read the article Interactive Whiteboards from the NCETM Evidence Bulletin before the staff meeting; it can be downloaded here.
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