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Secondary Magazine - Issue 115

Created on 07 October 2014 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 28 October 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 115leaf on ground

Welcome to Issue 115 of the Secondary Magazine

Now the term is half way through – with no Bank Holiday in sight in either direction! – and the trees are losing leaves fast, this issue of the Secondary Magazine is full of sparkling ideas to brighten up Maths throughout November. This is the second edition of our refreshed Secondary magazine; let us know what you think, by email to info@ncetm.org.uk or on Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.


Heads Up
Here you will find a check-list of some of the recent, or still current, mathematical events featured in the news, by the media or on the internet: if you want a “heads up” on what to read, watch or do in the next couple of weeks or so, it’s here. This month we’ve included information that includes the new GCSE mathematics specifications, NSPCC Number Day, CPD opportunities, free posters for your classroom, and more!

Building Bridges
A regular feature in which discussion of secondary mathematics topics will aim to draw out the inter-connectivity of the topics with preceding, succeeding or surrounding topics, in ways that will support and enrich your teaching at KS3 and KS4. This month: arithmetic with fractions.

Sixth Sense
A second regular feature to stimulate your thinking about teaching and learning A level Maths. This is written by Andy Tharratt (the NCETM’s Assistant Director with just this area of responsibility). This month: the inter-relation of complex numbers and matrices.

From the Library
Want to draw on maths research in your teaching but don’t have time to hunker down in the library? Don’t worry, we’ve hunkered for you: in this issue you can be inspired by Terezinha Nunes and Peter Bryant’s paper Understanding rational numbers and intensive quantities and its relevance to today’s curriculum. It was first published in 2007, but is still very relevant to today’s curriculum.

It Stands to Reason
Developing students’ reasoning is a key aim of the new KS3 and 4 Programmes of Study, and this new regular feature will share ideas of how to do so. In this issue we think about developing reasoning in the context of the topic of fractions.

Eyes Down
This picture of an interesting sundial may give you and your pupils some new ideas – “eyes down” for inspiration.



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