From the editor
Has your school been involved in the annual Mathematical Association’s Primary Mathematics Challenge? If not, maybe it would be worth considering, as it is a great way to raise the profile of mathematics in your school and to have a lot of fun at the same time!
Comments from teachers include:
- Interesting and exciting topics
- Good test of logic, knowledge and strategy
- Smooth admin.
- Pupils were excited and enjoyed the challenge
- Definitely a yearly feature on our school calendar.
Comments from the children include:
- It stretched me - a long way!
- I’m sweaty after that!
- It made you think!
- Probably the best test I’ve ever done
- It pushes you to your limit.
The challenge next takes place during November 2009. You can get more details and information about applying and registering on the MA website (follow the links to PMC).
How often do you gesture when you talk to your children? You may be interested to know that your gesturing can bring out learners’ implicit knowledge and help in teaching and learning! Apparently, when we routinely gesture with our hands as we talk, we often convey additional information not found in our speech. A recent study investigated the impact on teaching and learning when eight- to nine-year-olds used hand gestures to solve maths problems. Have a read, you may learn something new!
Last chance to apply for Mathematics Knowledge Network funding!
The current ‘application window’ closes at noon on Friday 2nd October. More information is available on the portal until the deadline, with links to further information and an application form with guidance notes.
Lesson study is becoming an increasingly popular form of CPD. You can find news of a new NCETM lesson study project on the portal, as well as more information about lesson study and professional learning.
Inspiring Mathematics Champions is an NCETM project supporting achievement in primary mathematics. Trainee teachers from Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John University were offered the opportunity to engage with the programme and its network of education professionals, through a series of workshops, as an extension to their course. The main aim was to support trainees in building teaching skills in using and applying mathematics through the development of problem solving and cross-curricular approaches.
In a future issue of the Primary Magazine we will be reporting on the inspirational work of two students who developed an IMC maths trail at the stately home Brodsworth House. It was so successful that English Heritage, who administer the house, have decided to use the trail in the future for school visits.
Finally, in case you missed them in the last issue, some dates for your diary:
Tuesday 1 December, Nottingham: Engaging with Mathematics – A journey for teachers, learners and families. This free, one-day conference hosted by the National Centre will explore learners’ attitudes to mathematics. It has a primary focus and will be well worth attending.
April 6 - 9 2010 sees the British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) conference, Mathematical Progressions, where speakers include Marcus du Sautoy, Margaret Brown and Paul Cobb (from Vanderbilt University).
Another conference worth considering is at the Institute of Education on 25 November, New Curriculum New Opportunities, with Mike Askew and Lynne McClure as keynote speakers.