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Secondary Magazine - Issue 122

Created on 29 May 2015 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 23 June 2015 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 122'Theodorus Spiral' in the public domain (adapted), courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Issue 122 of the Secondary and FE Magazine

Exam season is nearly over, and as we say goodbye to some of our pupils it’s also a good time to start to prepare for next year’s teaching – in particular, to think and discuss with our colleagues how we’re planning to meet the aims and challenges of the new KS3 and KS4 curricula. With this in mind, this issue not only suggests some ideas for the remaining weeks of the summer term but also prompts some thinking for September. As always your views are very welcome, by email to info@ncetm.org.uk or on Twitter, @NCETMsecondary.


Heads Up
Here you will find a checklist 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 an update on the Ofqual sample assessment materials review, the latest blog from the NCETM Director, new research about post-16 participation, and a new online discussion group.

Building Bridges
The regular feature in which discussion of secondary mathematics topics draws out the inter-connectivity of the topics with preceding, succeeding or surrounding topics, in ways that will support and enrich your teaching in KS3 and KS4. This month: surds.

Sixth Sense
Stimulate your thinking about teaching and learning A level Maths. This month: an approach to integration, from first examples up to integration by parts.

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 we flag up a recent paper from Jo Boaler, in which she discusses fluency within maths, in particular rapid and reliable recall of core number facts.

It Stands to Reason
Developing pupils’ reasoning is a key aim of the new national curriculum Programmes of Study, and this monthly feature shares ideas how to do so. In this issue we look at a rich geometrical problem, and suggest how to help pupils tackle it and reason about it.

Eyes Down
A picture to give you an idea: “eyes down” for inspiration. This month it's “The Maths Mr Men” series.

Image credit
Page header courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (adapted), in the public domain



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