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Primary Magazine - Issue 16

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Created on 28 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 28 October 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 16

Welcome to the 16th issue of the Primary Magazine. Our famous historian is Archimedes and we explore the art of William Morris. Up2d8 considers the panda – should it be protected or allowed to become extinct? 


From the editor
In this issue, we highlight success in the teaching and learning of mathematics in our primary schools, look at telling the time and crack some secret codes.
Up2d8 maths
This issue of Up2d8 is based around the debate surrounding the world’s much-loved pandas – should they continue to be protected or, in view of the amount of money it costs, be left to die out and become an extinct species of bear? The spreads provide opportunities to develop reasoning skills and work on such concepts as number including percentages, and measures including equivalence between imperial and metric units.
The Art of Mathematics
This issue explores the art of William Morris, an artist best known for his repeating patterned fabric and wallpaper designs, many of which were based on a close observation of nature. 
Focus on...
As we remember those who lost their lives in the wars of the last century on Armistice Day (11 November), this issue focuses on war and in particular the maths surrounding encrypting and decoding the codes made to pass secret messages such as the Enigma and Babington codes.
Starter of the month
To complement the focus on war and codes, our Starter of the month in this issue gives ideas for mental calculation and logical thinking based around code-cracking.
A little bit of history
In this issue, we look at a potted history of Archimedes, a well-known mathematician, physicist, engineer and astronomer who, it is said, ran naked through the streets shouting ‘Eureka!’ when he discovered the principle of buoyancy!
Maths to share - CPD for your school
We continue our new series on mathematics subject knowledge and concentrate on time. It would be helpful if, before the session, you ask colleagues to read Charlotte’s Clock. This article by Vikki Horner from the May/June 2005 issue of 'Special Children', explains how she had to find a new way of teaching her daughter how to tell the time.
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