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Primary Magazine - Issue 96

Created on 25 April 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 03 May 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 96Tulips by Mari Helin-Tuominen (adapted), in the public domain

Welcome to our first Primary Magazine for the summer term. Following the popularity of our article on fluency in addition/subtraction facts in the previous issue, this time we hear from a Teacher Research Group in London that has been working on achieving fluency in multiplication/division facts with their pupils. We also offer some ideas for that chunk of time after the Y6 SATs – for inside and outside your classroom.

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

Learning the Times Tables: teachers collaborate to find the most effective strategies
A Teacher Research Group (TRG) from Camden, north London, consisting of 17 teachers from 10 primary schools, have been pooling their ideas and expertise, to find effective ways to help children learn, remember and - most importantly - understand and use their times tables. In this article, Kate Frood (head teacher at Eleanor Palmer Primary School) who led the group, summarises what they found. Those interested in learning more, can register their interest via the email address at the end of the article.

Shutterstock image 303704459Expanding Y6 Mathematical Horizons after SATs week
SATs are over – school’s out for summer! Except it’s not! There are weeks and weeks of the summer term left after the Y6 SATs. This article offers some ideas and inspiration for this period when teachers may be less constrained, and pupils less focused on tests.

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

  • A new video in our series of school leader interviews, focused on managing a move to teaching for mastery, is now live. This 20-minute interview shows Ben Strange, Deputy Head from Coleridge Primary School, and Louise Foulkes, one of the school’s Assistant Heads, a Mastery Specialist, trained by the NCETM in conjunction with the (local) London North East Maths Hub.
  • The Department for Education is holding a consultation about issues related to assessment in primary schools, including some maths-specific areas. All head teachers, teachers, and others with an interest in primary education are encouraged to respond; the consultation closes on 22 June.
  • A group of national maths organisations, led by the Institute of Mathematics & Its Applications (IMA), is collaborating to run a two-day maths festival in late June this year called Greenwich Maths Time. Taking place at the University of Greenwich on 27 and 28 June, it’s free and aimed at both teachers and pupils. Find out more.
  • Cambridge Mathematics has launched Espresso, a monthly summary of an area of research in mathematics education. Topics so far have included Number Sense and how it affects mathematics learning, Assessing confidence, and how it affects learning and testing in mathematics, and Issues in learning and assessing times tables.

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Page header by Mari Helin-Tuominen (adapted), in the public domain



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21 March 2018 12:46
Have you seen our National Curriculum videos at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/40529? Also, have you been in touch with your local Maths Hub? They willl be able to point you in the direction of suitable training - see http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/find-your-hub/ for contact details
21 March 2018 12:30
I would be interested in how to teach times tables
By m.minhas
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