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Primary Magazine - Issue 16: From the editor

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Created on 28 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 16

From the editor

Are you fed up with the bad press targeted at primary schools and the continued failure to help children to reach the expected level in mathematics by the time they are 11? If so, you might find this particularly encouraging.
Since 1995 the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) has reported reliable and timely data on mathematics and science achievement of US 4th and 8th grade students compared to that of students in other countries. Their data has been collected in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. In 1995, England’s fourth graders (10- and 11-year-olds) were towards the bottom of the TIMSS ‘league table’, below several countries in Europe. In 2007, they came top in Europe and well above some of those countries who beat them 14 years ago. Not only that, but the students in England have made the best progress of all the countries over those years. We must be doing something right! What a pity that news can’t be celebrated by the newspapers and the powers that be!

Ever heard of Bowland maths? It’s a resource that has been developed and piloted in KS3 for the last two years. It makes mathematics fun and absorbing for pupils aged 11 to 14 but has the potential for use in Year 6. The aim is to help change pupils’ views of maths by increasing their motivation and enjoyment, which should help increase their confidence and competence. A second aim is to help teach maths in a different way. Take a look at the resource and let us know what you think.

Have you been using the Maths to Share CPD for your school at all? If so, we would appreciate some feedback on how it went, please make your comments in the Primary Forum. If you didn’t, maybe because of time or maybe you didn’t think any were appropriate for your whole school, it might be useful to point individual teachers towards them so that they can have a little of their own CPD. You can find all the maths to share opportunities in the Primary Magazine Archive.

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