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Primary Magazine - Issue 15

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Primary Magazine Issue 15flying saucer and stars

Welcome to the 15th issue of the Primary Magazine. Our famous historian is Lewis Carroll and we explore the art of the South African tribe, the Ndebele people. Up2d8 considers food wastage and the ‘freegan’ lifestyle. 


From the editor
In this issue, there is information on a variety of mathematical projects that the NCETM has been and continues to be involved with. We also direct you to some recent research on the importance of gesturing as you talk and the significant role it plays in improving teaching and learning.
Up2d8 maths
A vast amount of perfectly good food is wasted in the UK. You may be surprised at the quantity and the reasons for wastage! There are opportunities in this issue of Up2d8 to explore a variety of mathematical concepts including weight, number and fractions.
The Art of Mathematics
This issue explores the art of the Ndebele people, a group descended from the Nguni settlers who arrived in Southern Africa in around 200 AD. Their artistic designs lead to possible activities within the concepts of shape, space and measurement and lend themselves to fabulous displays of the children’s creativity. 
Focus on...
Whether you study the Earth, Sun and Moon or the Solar System as a whole, or if you extend to solids, liquids, gasses, materials, explorations, monsters and so on, space is always a popular topic in primary schools. In this issue, we suggest some mathematical ideas to use in the classroom.
Starter of the month
To complement the focus on space, our starter of the month provides ideas for mental calculation based around stars.
A little bit of history
Here we look at a potted history of Lewis Carroll, most famed for his fictional stories, particularly Alice in Wonderland. Did you know that he was also an exceptionally gifted mathematician and the man who gave us the Carroll diagram?
Maths to share - CPD for your school
We begin a new series on mathematics subject knowledge, starting with length. It would be helpful if, before the session, you ask colleagues to read the article by Douglas H. Clements, Teaching length measurement: Research Challenges.
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