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Primary Magazine - Issue 43

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Created on 06 August 2012 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 12 September 2012 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 43Painting in the style of Jackson Pollock by Tomwsulcer superimposed with image of Florence Nightingale, courtesy of Wikipedia both in the public domain

Welcome to Issue 43 of the Primary Magazine (incorporating Early Years). In this issue we feature the artist Jackson Pollock. We explore the mathematical possibilities around Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We Focus on sundials, and Maths to share looks at research which suggests that knowledge of fractions and division predicts future performance in mathematics.


Editor's extras
In Editor’s extras we have some fascinating number patterns which you could explore with your children or simply explore yourself! There's a reminder about an important professional development opportunity funded by the NCETM, and we've got some pointers for how you might use specific articles to support the teaching and learning of mathematics in the classroom.
The Art of Mathematics
We explore the art of Jackson Pollock who has been described as a ‘bearded shock trooper of modern painting, who spread his canvases on the floor, dribbled paint, sand and broken glass on them, smeared and scratched them, named them with numbers'! If you have an artist that you would like us to feature, please let us know.
Focus on...
In this issue, we focus on some more links between mathematics and geography and also science, by outlining the project work Steve Pratchett carried out based around the sun. We focus primarily on the mathematics. The whole article is available should you wish to delve further.
A little bit of history
We look at the mathematical opportunities within the topic of Florence Nightingale. She lived from 1820 to 1910 and was fondly known as ‘the lady with the lamp’. In addition, we look at the life of Mary Seacole, who, like Florence Nightingale, also nursed during the Crimean War. If you have any history topics that you would like us to make mathematical links to, please let us know.
Maths to share - CPD for your school
In this issue we look at some research headed by Bob Siegler, which suggests that a child’s knowledge of fractions and division predicts their future mathematical achievement. This gives an opportunity to consider the implications of teaching fractions in your school. You will need to print out copies of the research for colleagues to read prior to your meeting.
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