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Maths observations - how can you make the most of them?
Lesson observations, with the opportunity to see other teachers in action and the learning that takes place, are a great way to improve your own teaching skills. This is even more the case if you have been involved with the planning process so you can share thoughts and ideas with the teacher. I have a prompt 'bookmark' sheet of questions to guide my observations that you can give a try.
Christmas maths fillers - 10 minute seasonal activities
Christmas maths fillers are useful for those spare moments during these busy weeks in school. Here are a few short, one-off simple activities that can be done with only paper and crayons. They are interesting, fun maths tasks providing an opportunity for exploration and problem solving.
Calculator challenges - a valuable tool in the primary classroom
Calculators are not used in the tests for 11-year olds but they can still be a valuable part of a primary maths lesson to support children's learning. Here are some rich activities to try with your class using calculators. It is interesting that calculators are mainly considered as tools to make maths easier. However, there are many ways they can be used to explore mathematical patterns, to help solve problems and to actually add challenge and interest to maths practice.
Primary assessment inquiry - a chance to have your say, if you're quick!
The Education Select Committee have begun an inquiry into primary assessment that will look at the impact of recent reforms on teaching and learning in primary schools. So make sure you have your say, however be quick, the deadline for written submission is this week, 28th October 2016. After the results from the new national curriculum assessment (SATs) last summer and leaked test papers teachers will have a number of issues to raise.