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Primary Magazine - Issue 34

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Created on 17 February 2011 by ncetm_administrator
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Primary Magazine Issue 34Pyramids photograph by Darren Krape used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) licence

Welcome to the 34th issue of the Primary Magazine. Our little bit of history article focuses on the Ancient Egyptians, we look at the art of Matisse and focus on woolly things! Our CPD opportunity explores proof in the primary classroom and our ICT article explores the use of digital cameras in mathematics. It’s in the News! features zoos. 


Editor's extras
In this issue, we highlight the last three of the case studies from our National Priority Project (NPP): ‘Maximising opportunities for mathematical learning across the primary curriculum’. We also tell you about another successful NPP and point you to a variety of research articles and intervention materials. 
It's in the News!
Towards the end of 2010, a documentary about London Zoo was aired on television. This was repeated at the beginning of 2011. One of the highlights of the series was the zoo’s breeding programme for ‘silverback’ gorillas. Zoos are those places that are either loved or hated. It’s in the News! explores the pros and cons of these establishments and, of course, offers plenty of links to mathematics. 
The Art of Mathematics
In this issue, we look at the art of Henri Émile-Benoît Matisse, a French artist born on 31 December 1869 in France. He was first inspired by the world of art at 21 when he suffered appendicitis, his mother bought him a set of paints to help his convalescence. I wonder if she knew at the time what this would lead to!
Focus on...
We focus on knitting the mathematical way. You may be surprised at the mathematics involved in knitting. So get that wool out and see what you can make happen!
A little bit of history
In this issue, we are going cross-curricular once again and looking at some of the ways that you can link mathematics into a topic on the Ancient Egyptians. 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
One of our roles as teachers is to encourage the children we work with to think mathematically, and to enjoy the process of problem solving. In this issue, we consider proof, an area of mathematics which will enable them to think like mathematicians and become effective problem solvers. 
ICT in the classroom
We consider the use of digital cameras to consolidate the children’s understanding of mathematical concepts and to develop reasoning skills. We have some great ideas, including a scavenger hunt.
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Page header - Pyramids photograph by Darren Krape some rights reserved

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