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Where can I find mathematics classroom resources and support for Primary NQTs?

Created on 03 October 2011 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 June 2013 by ncetm_administrator


Where can I find mathematics classroom resources and support for Primary NQTs?


The first year of teaching in a primary school is full of challenge, and almost everything within the NCETM portal could be of use to you as an NQT. So to make life a little easier, we have picked out some essentials here and made them quick to find.

These essentials include:

  • practical ideas and resources for classroom activities
  • support for developing your own subject knowledge
  • stimulating materials to help you reflect and develop as a teacher.


Where can I get examples of ‘rich mathematical tasks’?

How can I find ideas and guidance for teaching calculation?

How can I find out about common misconceptions in mathematics and how I might teach to address them?

Where can I go to brush up on my own subject knowledge?

I want ideas for mathematical activities I can do with my pupils outside the classroom

Where can I find some ideas for linking mathematics to other subjects in the curriculum?

I want some ideas on how to use concrete apparatus and manipulatives, (e.g. Cuisenaire rods, Numicon, Dienes’ apparatus, Counting Stick, number lines, 100 squares, etc.) in my teaching

Discussion Point

Having looked at some of the activities offered here, reflect on

  • How certain activities worked in the classroom

    • What attracted you to the activity? Was it an element of the mathematics, the associated pedagogy or something else? What does this say about what you value and aspire to in maths teaching?
    • What were the challenges for you as the teacher when you took this activity into the classroom? did you develop any teaching techniques as a result of trying out something new?
    • How did your pupils respond? did you notice any specific misconceptions? were you struck by any particular responses or reactions? did it produce some learning?
  • The effects of watching, listening to or reading about other teachers’ ideas, views and practice

    • Did you find yourself instantly agreeing with what others said?
    • Did you find yourself instantly disagreeing with what others said?
    • What do your answers to the above say about your views and aspirations for your teaching?
  • Any guidance you have read

    • What views, principles and beliefs do you hold about mathematics teaching?
    • Did anything that you read confirm or contradict these views?
    • Are you developing new ideas about mathematics, its learning and its teaching as you read the views of others?

Explore a piece of mathematics

Developing understanding of equality is a concept which is fundamental to algebraic reasoning. However, research shows that many children view the equal sign as either an indication to carry out an operation or a signal to write an answer.

Try this activity about understanding the equals sign and exploring relations between numbers.
  • consider first the "Question for the classroom" - discuss this with a colleague and try to predict what your children might do;
  • attempt Activity 1 and Activity 2, firstly for yourself and then with your children.

Learning from each other

It has been said by some recently that ‘teachers learn best when they learn from each other’. If you know of another link to an activity or resource on the NCETM website that you think would be useful or appropriate for readers of this guidance, please use the comments box below to let us and them know of your idea.

Courses and Networks

We have many courses and networks available, search in our Professional Development Calendar to find a suitable course or network.

Personal Learning

“Activity by itself is not enough; it is the sense that is made of it that matters” (DRIVER, R. (1983) The Pupil as Scientist?, Milton Keynes, Open University Press.

For the things you have tried out for yourself in your own classroom to become useful pieces of professional learning, there is a need to capture them, reflect upon them and remark on them. The NCETM Personal Learning Space (PLS) allows you to do this.

  • Use My Learning Journal to collect your thoughts and reflections as well as to log actions; documents can be attached to your entries. You could do this now by visiting your own PLS.
  • Use My Favourites and Notes to make notes on and organise interesting things you have found (like this page) and want to return to easily in future.
  • Use the Sharing and Contacts facility to share elements of your PLS with colleagues, selecting them from your own list of contacts
  • Use the Request a reminder function

Find out more details of these and other functions of the PLS.




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