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Primary Magazine - Issue 35

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Primary Magazine Issue 35Toy dinosaur by Leap Kye used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)  licence and toy car photograph by Leap Kye used under the Creative Commons

Welcome to the 35th issue of the Primary Magazine. Our ‘A little bit of history’ article focuses on the history of toys, we look at the art of Paul Klee and focus on dinosaurs. Our CPD opportunity considers effective group work and our ICT article explores the use of spreadsheets for probability and data handling in mathematics. It’s in the News! features the Olympics.  


Editor's extras
In this issue, we highlight some recent additions to the NCETM ITE Resources microsite. We also have some useful websites to share and some information about Florence Nightingale that you might find interesting. 
It's in the News!
We feature the first in a two-part series about the Olympics 2012. It’s impossible to get away from the fact that it is getting closer! It regularly features in the news for one reason or another. Recently, the tickets went on sale and the torch relay route was announced. This topic clearly lends itself beautifully to mathematics, so in this issue there are some activities to explore around such themes as the ticket sales, London Velodrome, the torch relay route. 
The Art of Mathematics
We look at the art of Paul Klee, a Swiss artist born on 18 December 1879 into a family of musicians. Despite learning the violin from an early age, he chose to develop his artistic rather than musical skills.
Focus on...
In this issue, we focus on working with dinosaurs. Children seem naturally interested in dinosaurs; in their sheer size and magnitude, their tongue-twister names and in the almost mystical nature of their long-ago existence. Make the most of this and let our dinosaur facts inspire you and help bring mathematics alive for your children.
A little bit of history
We are going cross curricular once again and looking at some of the ways that you can link mathematics into a topic on toys. If you are studying the history of toys, you might like to try out some of the ideas.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
How we group children for mathematics lessons has been a great debate amongst teachers for many years. In this issue of Maths to Share we consider mixed ability group work within the classroom. You will need to give copies of Effective Classroom Organisation in Primary Schools: Mathematics (Updated) by Whitburn, J., Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2001, pp.411-428 for the teachers to read before the session. 
ICT in the classroom
We consider the use of spreadsheets for probability and data handling. This article lends itself really well to KS2, but many of the ideas can easily be adapted for KS1. In the next issue, we change the emphasis to KS1 that can be adapted for KS2!
Image Credits
Page header - Dinosaur toy photograph by Giles Douglas some rights reserved
Toy car photograph by Leap Kye
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