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Primary Magazine - Issue 8

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Created on 23 February 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 06 March 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 8

Welcome to the eighth issue of the Primary Magazine.
In this issue we introduce a new series of articles where we explore the mathematics of art through the work of various famous artists and cultures around the world.
Our Up2d8 Maths focuses on the opportunities for measures, particularly temperature, following the extreme weather the UK was suffering during the last few winter months. 


From the editor
SATs – love them or hate them? Read some comments and have your say. We would also love to hear your thoughts on the assessing pupil progress (APP) materials that are now on the Primary website for KS1 and KS2.
Up2d8 maths
This issue of Up2d8 is based around the extreme winter weather experienced recently during the months of December 2008, and January and February 2009. This resource provides ideas which you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners as appropriate. It is not intended to be a set of instructions to follow, so adapt away!
The Art of Mathematics
We are delighted to introduce a new series of articles entitled The Art of Mathematics, where we explore the art of various well-known artists and styles from other cultures. In this issue we begin with Maurits Cornelius Escher, a 19th Century artist from The Netherlands, famous for his symmetrical prints. 
Focus on...spring
In this issue we focus on spring – hooray, winter is nearly over, the days are getting longer and the temperatures warmer! This article provides plenty of opportunities to explore mathematics through this theme and provides websites which have a wealth of ideas and information to plan some exciting maths sessions.
Starter of the month
This issue’s starter ideas are based around springtime with Easter eggs, chicks, bunnies and lambs to stimulate the children’s ‘using and applying’, ‘thinking and communicating’ skills for all ages from EYFS to KS2.
A little bit of history
After spending a few issues exploring some of the ancient number systems of the world, it is now time to explore the development of our own UK number system! Ours originates from the ancient Indian system. Our exploration includes where the numbers themselves and the concept of place value come from.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
In this issue we provide guidance for addressing teachers’ subject knowledge around the concept of shape. Before beginning a staff meeting on this you will need to download and ask staff to read The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: The Importance of Instruction by Jenni Way.
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