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Primary Magazine - Issue 33


Created on 24 January 2011 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 April 2013 by ncetm_administrator

 

Primary Magazine Issue 33Still life and Beebot. Still life photograph by Jackie Hodges used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) licence
 

Welcome to the 33rd issue of the Primary Magazine. Our little bit of history article focuses on the Tudors, we look at art with a mathematical eye and focus on Fairtrade. Our CPD opportunity explores the use of calculators and our ICT article explores the use of programmable toys in mathematics. It’s in the News! features the floods of 2010. 
 

Contents

Editor's extras
In this issue we have information about some more NCETM projects, a look at a couple of fun video links and at some of the work of Tom Lehrer, and a last reminder of the MA and ATM conferences that are going on over the Easter holidays. 
 
It's in the News!
The beginning of 2011 saw much coverage of the devastating floods in Australia, which are still on-going, with the devastation of cyclone Yasi. In this issue we look at the floods of 2010 and beyond. There were many, and we offer suggestions as to how to explore some further – with a mathematical flavour of course! 
 
The Art of Mathematics
We have a slightly different Art of Mathematics this time. We view paintings with a mathematical eye as we look at the importance of composition, perspective, colour and the Golden Ratio in the work of various artists.
 
Focus on...
As Fairtrade Fortnight is fast approaching (28 February to 13 March), we thought you might be interested in finding out some related facts and trying out mathematical ideas within this theme. Areas of mathematics covered in this article include data handling, multiplication and division, fractions and measures.
 
A little bit of history
We are going cross-curricular once again and looking at some of the ways you can link mathematics into a topic on the Tudors. If you are looking at this period of history, you might like to try out some of the ideas.
 
Maths to share - CPD for your school
We look at the many uses of the calculator. If you would like to use this material for a staff meeting you will need to provide colleagues with a range of resources including pencils, paper, 1-100 grids, number lines, cubes/counters and calculators. You would also find it helpful to provide copies of The use of calculators in the teaching and learning of mathematics. 
 
ICT in the classroom
We consider the mathematics of problem solving with programmable toys. This includes opportunities for estimating and measuring with number, length, angles and time and also links with other areas of learning, particularly literacy, design and technology and science.
 
Image Credits
Page header - Still life photograph by Jackie Hodges some rights reserved

 
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