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Primary Magazine - Issue 13

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Welcome to the 13th issue of the Primary Magazine – and to the end of the school year!
In Maths to share - CPD for your school, we consider ways to involve parents in mathematics.
Our Up2d8 maths provides opportunities for work on such mathematical concepts as time and shape within the context of Big Ben’s 150th birthday. 


From the editor
In this issue, we ask you to consider why it is that we are still a nation of people who consider they are frightened of maths and to think of ways we can alter this opinion. We also provide a step-by-step guide to using the Self-evaluation Tools to develop teachers’ subject knowledge.
Up2d8 maths
This issue of Up2d8 is based around the 150th birthday of one of the UK’s most famous buildings, the tower of Big Ben. It provides opportunities to explore, among other concepts, time, nets of 3D shapes, circles and mental calculation skills when scaling down. With some careful planning, the suggestions given can be adapted for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
The Art of Mathematics
This issue explores the art of the Islamic faith. It provides great opportunities to explore shape and symmetry, rotation, reflection, translation and tessellation through the patterns found in this form of artwork. 
Focus on...
It’s now the time when teachers will be in the middle of clearing up from last year and preparing for next year. Somewhere in between there will be the chance of a little ‘me’ time. This article provides suggestions on how you can spend some of that ‘me’ time – mathematically of course!
Starter of the month
In this issue, our Starter of the month gives a variety of websites for you to explore for a huge range of starter activities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Now that, hopefully, you will have a little spare time this August, get browsing to develop a list of great starters for September!
A little bit of history
We finish our series of articles on the development of our systems for measuring by exploring the history of time. In this issue, we look back to its origins and travel through time to our present day system.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
In Maths to share - CPD for your school, we are considering how we can involve parents in maths. In his primary review, Sir Peter Williams commented:
“The United Kingdom remains one of the few advanced nations where it is socially acceptable, fashionable even, to profess an inability to cope with mathematics. That is hardly conducive to a home environment in which mathematics is seen by children as an essential and rewarding part of their everyday lives.”
We hope that this provides ideas for involving parents in their children’s mathematics education.
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