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Primary Magazine - Issue 39

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Created on 17 October 2011 by ncetm_administrator
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Welcome to the 39th Issue of the Primary Magazine. Our history article focuses on the Vikings, we look at the art of Josef Albers, and focus on marine mammals. Our CPD opportunity considers role play in KS1 and KS2, and our ICT article explores computer programming. It’s in the News! features space junk.  


Editor's extras
In this issue, we have news of a fun website that links mathematics to the real world. We also have news about a new microsite on the NCETM portal; the Year of Communication; a project centred around times tables and we provide a link to a film clip demonstrating young children’s perceptions of the conservation of number and capacity. 
It's in the News!
With the news of the defunct communications satellite landing somewhere in the Pacific towards the end of September, we feature space junk. If you do a project on space in your school, you might find some of the ideas here helpful. 
The Art of Mathematics
We look at the mathematical opportunities in the work of the German artist Josef Albers (March 1888 - March 1976). He worked alongside Paul Klee for some years and knew Wassily Kandinsky. His work provides fantastic links to shape. We hope you are inspired by his creations.
Focus on...
In this issue we focus on marine mammals. After humans, dolphins have the biggest brains for their body size. But are those big brains any good at mathematics? This article explores this and other interesting facts about their marine relatives. There are opportunities for estimating, measures and other mathematical concepts.
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 the Vikings. 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
In this issue, we look at the development of role play in KS1 and 2. If you use this article for a staff meeting, you will need to ask colleagues to read through the NCETM case study Investigating How Children’s Play Can Enrich The Early Mathematical Experience by Helen Williams (2010).
ICT in the classroom
We consider how the children can develop their skills in using programmable toys and take them into the more abstract world of onscreen programming.
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