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Primary Magazine - Issue 95

Created on 13 February 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 09 March 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 95Known facts/Derived fact strategy/Counting diagram

Welcome to Primary Magazine 95. In this issue we look at the importance of fluency in Y1/2 addition and subtraction facts, with suggested teaching sequences and strategies. And we review a recently published report into ‘The Parent Factor’ – examining the influence of parental involvement in a child’s maths education. The article includes links to plentiful resources and ideas for schools wanting to increase the involvement of their parents.

Don't forget all previous issues are available in the Archive.

Achieving Fluency in Addition and Subtraction Facts
How is your school addressing the fluency strand of the National Curriculum? This article provides evidence-based justification for the importance of fluency in addition and subtraction facts – achieved not simply through memorisation but through the explicit teaching of strategies for quick calculation. Clare Christie uses her extensive experience in the classroom, and through interviewing children, to explain not only why fluency is important, but suggests sequences and strategies (used in her own department) for achieving fluency in addition and subtraction facts, for all children.

Shutterstock image 303704459Count on Us: Parental Engagement Programme
Parents make a real difference to maths engagement and enthusiasm of their children! No surprises there, but how do schools actually go about encouraging the less engaged parents? Taking on board the findings of National Numeracy’s ‘Count on Us’ study, we find out how the study schools were helped to get parents involved. And link to extensive, publicly-available resources, refreshed for the purposes of the study.

And here are some other things to draw to your attention:

  • In case you missed it, the DfE has confirmed that a times-table test for Year 6 pupils will be introduced in summer 2019. The School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, confirmed this when he spoke to an MPs committee last month, as reported by the BBC.
  • With next term's Y6 SATs in mind, you might be interested in this blog from @thatboycanteach, a vice-principal in a two-form entry inner city primary school in West Yorkshire, offering insights on last year’s tests, the questions for which you can find here.
  • Fed up with pizzas and cakes? Seeing fractions in many different pictorial representations can help children gain a deeper understanding. In this blog, Mark Horley provides some good ones, and signposts many more. He also welcomes more contributions from you!



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04 May 2017 10:52
What an excellent article. Teaching strategies is defo the key and this piece makes them both clear and step-by-step. I guess I'd have included partitioning single digits, which you mention as a vital Y1 skill, within your 1-7 families part. They are maybe an add-on part, but teaching bridging thru without them is a no-no. Keep up the good work. I'll be using this within my tutoring, today and onwards.
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