Festive fractal tree

Santa is 7. A turkey is 11. What is the value of a Christmas cracker?

After a long-term, it’s that time of year again when students begin to ask “Can we do something Christmassy this lesson?”

With the final autumn term assessments out of the way, it might be time to plan a Christmas themed lesson - but what to do? In my classroom, took the opportunity to explore Fractals.

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Studying maths

Finding Friedman numbers

Whether you’re a fan of Rachel Riley, Richard Whitely, Carol Vorderman or even the Des Lynam era - I’ve never met a maths teacher who isn’t a Countdown fan.

There are plenty of Countdown-style games to use in the maths classroom, such as this resource on the STEM Learning website. As a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT),...

Post-16 education

Core Maths: the most significant development in post-16 mathematics education in a generation

Agreeing to support the work of Core Maths is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has been, and continues to be, a huge privilege to support Core Maths and the many wonderful practitioners I have met along the way.

But for me, this is only the end of the beginning with so much more support needed for Core...

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STEM Ambassadors motivate students through mentoring programme

A mathematics mentoring programme piloted by Holloway School in Islington, shows how secondary students can work together with role models to improve their STEM skills and careers knowledge.James Ohlson, Holloway’s Lead Practitioner in Mathematics, started the ten week mentoring programme for Year 11’s during the run up to their GCSEs last year,...

Core Maths resources find new home

Following the closure of the Core Maths Support Programme in July 2017, STEM Learning is pleased to announce that we will continue to host the complete collection of materials produced by the Core Maths Support Programme.Teaching resources, case studies, videos and other support for Core Maths can now be found at www.stem.org.uk/core-mathsThe Core...

The ‘M’ in STEM

Our mathematics specialist Michael Anderson is waving the flag for the ‘M’ (mathematics) in STEM. In his latest article which featured in SecEd, Michael discusses the role of mathematics in STEM and the significant overlaps there are between the STEM subjects. He talks about what this means for schools and the renewed importance of cross-curricula...

Underground Mathematics Teacher Conference: delve deeper into the new mathematics A level

If you have previously attended Underground Mathematics professional development sessions, then this is the conference for you!This free one day CPD conference will help you to get the most out of Underground Mathematics as you prepare to teach the new A level. Taking place on 12 July 2017 at the National STEM Learning Centre, this conference...

There is still time to register for the MEI conference

The MEI 2017 Conference runs from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July. This year it is being held at the beautiful campus and excellent conference facilities at Keele University.There will be over 100 engaging sessions across a range of topics, each designed to enrich your experience and provide valuable opportunities for...

Maths in Context: making mathematics relevant to real life

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) runs the Maths in Context programme, which involves training teachers of mathematics to use real-world contexts when teaching.The aim of the project is to make mathematics more accessible, engaging and relevant to real life, whilst also preparing students for the types of questions they might face in...

Encouraging active learning in secondary mathematics

The National STEM Learning Network is pleased to announce a new hands-on residential CPD activity exploring manipulatives and how they can be used to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics.During the course, you will discover ways to encourage active learning in mathematics through the use of manipulatives such as counters, interlocking...

How you can get involved with Number Day 2017

On 3 February 2017, the NSPCC’s national fundraising event, Number Day, will be taking place.Number Day provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate mathematics, as well as raise money for charity.Taking place every year, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Whether you dedicate a full day to mathematics events or organise a variety of fun,...

Get creative with the latest Maths Careers poster competition

Maths Careers has announced this year’s poster competition – Everyday Maths.Designed to inspire students with the variety of exciting mathematics careers available, this poster competition requires students to think outside the box in how mathematics is used in the workplace.There are three categories for judging:Years 7 and 8Years 9, 10 and...

Results from the latest TIMSS report released

Yesterday saw the release of the latest Trends in Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) report.This report provides participating countries internationally comparable data on the performance and attitudes of 9 to 10 year olds (Year 5 pupils) and 13 to 14 year olds (Year 9 students) in mathematics and science.Organised by the International Association...

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