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Sorting out Venn and Carroll diagrams for EYFS, KS1 and KS2
Sorting starts early in EYFS and KS1 and continues with more and more sophisticated sorting into KS2, particularly when exploring properties of shapes and numbers. Here is a quick outline of sorting in primary classrooms with a particular focus on the use of Venn and Carroll diagrams. As with all aspects of maths it is the careful progression that helps children master the maths.
Adapting the Planning Menu to work well for your school
The purpose of my Maths Planning Menu was to provide support and expertise on teaching primary maths with planning resources that schools and teachers could pick and choose from. They can then combine this with other resources to plan their own creative maths lessons to best teach their class. I went into a school recently and they had used all the elements provided to teach a great lesson, using their own format.
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!