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NCETM Secondary Magazine, Issue 6 - 5 things to do this week

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Created on 15 March 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 March 2008 by ncetm_administrator


5 things to do this week
Each week this section of the Secondary Magazine suggests some things you might like to be thinking about over the course of the coming week. Contact us to share your ideas and thoughts on items you think we should feature.

1. Plan to use some revision materials for the KS3 SATs
Download some materials from this useful website.  It has KS3 National Curriculum Test papers from the year 2000 to 2007 to download or project in the classroom. Find everything you need including the mark schemes, grade boundaries and new to the site are the mental tests as audio files.  In addition to the downloadable papers, the site includes some interactive practice papers which enables the students to complete on-line tests.  They then receive immediate feedback with a level once they have submitted it.  A link for the 10-4-10 (10 minutes for 10 days revision) materials can also be found here.
2. Read of the comments in the NCETM Secondary Forum
Do the 8 principles apply to revision? And add your own response to this section of the forum or start your own discussion topic.  You might like to share the results of undertaking this weeks PD module – what does your department consider to be effective revsion?
3. Investigate the potential of Maths Watch revision materials in your school
These great short video snippets designed for revision at KS4 can be ordered on CD’s from the website.  Many schools then lend or sell them to students (also available as a site licence for your network) to help them to focus their revision.  Some of the topics inevitably overlap with KS3 so they can also be integrated into National Curriculum Test revision sessions.  Click here to download some free video clips.
4. Book a place for Maths- Assessment for Learning in Mathematics in Key Stages 4 & 5
This course is being run by Susan Wall on Tuesday July 1st. During the day you will have the chance to try out a range of activities that encourage students to work collaboratively and be actively involved in their own learning through discussion, reflection and explanation. Consideration will be given as to how these activities can be an important part of assessment for learning in the classroom. Time will be given to look at using questioning effectively in whole class discussions.
The deadline for booking onto the course is May 6th.

Join the Subject Learning Coaches’ Community and read more about Susan’s work, download and build into your lessons some of the activities she has created.
5. Stuck for Starters?
Each day of the year has a different starter activity if you find you are struggling for a relevant opening activity as the students come into your classroom, browse through the suggested activities.  Using a mental starter at the beginning of a lesson can help to focus students’ minds.  If you know of other good sites for mental starters, why not add them to this forum discussion?
Explore the Secondary Magazine
Issue 6
5 Things to do this week
Professional Development activity
Website of the week
Secondary Magazine archive

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Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5

PD Activities
Self Evaluation
Why do we teach mathematics?
Learning mathematics in my school
Pathways and options at KS3 to KS5
Mathematical vocabulary

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