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Primary Magazine - Issue 17

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Created on 30 October 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 17autumn leaf

Welcome to the 17th issue of the Primary Magazine. Our famous historian is Blaise Pascal and we explore the art of Andy Goldsworthy. We explore the misconceptions in fractions, decimals and percentages and National Number Day. Up2d8 considers whether a 16-year-old could make a good headteacher! 


From the editor
In this issue, we consider the October report from Cambridge University that states that children should not start formal learning until they are six and that KS2 SATs should go! We also give the promised details of the work of two students who were part of the NCETM’s Inspiring Mathematics Champions project.
Up2d8 maths
This issue of Up2d8 is based around the amazing Babar Ali, a16-year-old student who is headteacher of his own school in India, with over 800 pupils and ten other teaching staff who are also students of around Babar’s age. There are opportunities for work with such mathematical concepts as money, calculation (particularly multiplication and division), currency exchange involving ratio and data handling.
The Art of Mathematics
We explore the art of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist known for producing work using as his materials, anything at hand in the remote, open air areas he chooses to work in, e.g. stones, mud, flowers and ice. For his tools he uses his own hands, teeth and things found around him. 
Focus on...
In this issue we focus on Number Day on 4 December. This day is part of a fundraising campaign organised by the NSPCC. It also provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of mathematics in your school and have a fun time with number for a day or even a whole week.
Starter of the month
To complement the focus on National Number Day, our Starter of the month suggests ideas for a variety of fun activities to start your daily mathematics lessons.
A little bit of history
We look at a potted history of Blaise Pascal, a well-known mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher. In primary schools he is probably best known for his special triangle – Pascal’s triangle.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
We continue our series on mathematics subject knowledge. This time we concentrate on fractions, decimals and percentages. It would be helpful if, before the session, you ask colleagues to read the paper Fractions: difficult but crucial in mathematics learning Nunes, T., Bryant, P., Hurry, J. and Pretzlik, U. (2006).
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