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A special date with consecutive square numbers 4.9.16
4.9.16... a square day! A set of consecutive square numbers appearing in a date - what a great starting point for some fun with numbers. Can this happen again? Has it happened before? What about dates that have all square numbers but not necessarily appearing in order? How many can you find? When are the next 'square number days'?
Fibonacci numbers in nature - count and find the patterns
Looking at maths in nature should certainly inspire children... and teachers. Counting spirals on cones and sunflowers can reveal Fibonacci numbers. Children can discover the rules behind these special numbers and use the numbers to draw spirals that look like shells – which takes them back to nature again!
Growth mindset and teaching maths
How do you feel about maths? Some teachers (like me when I first started teaching) feel they have a limited ability in maths and are anxious when teaching maths. This fixed mindset can influence your teaching but you don’t have to feel like this. A can-do attitude and a feeling that everyone can achieve in maths is part of having a growth mindset. So how can you instil this growth mindset in your class? There are a number of ways forward and I have outlined 15 ideas to start you off.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile to remain as statutory
What a year for EYFS teachers, after a year of preparing for the introduction of baseline assessment, it was dropped in April after problems with the pilot scheme and a generally negative response to it from schools. However, teachers were told that they could still use the baseline assessments if they wished. Then comes an announcement – in August! - from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) that the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is to remain statutory for the academic year 2016/17.