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Fermi problems: making maths a fun real-world tool

Problem solving and group work are two major skills we all hope to foster in our pupils. One way to help them develop these skills is to challenge them with Fermi problems.Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954) was a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who was also famous for giving his audience fun problems, using approximate analysis to find an answer. These have since...

Bringing science to life in your primary classroom

If you were asked to name a scientist or an engineer who would you name?Would it be someone who you commonly see on TV such as Sir David Attenborough or Professor Brian Cox? Or would you reach into history and call on Issac Newton, Marie Curie or Albert Einstein?These scientists helped us to understand more about the world we live in, but what about the...

Fixperts: teach your students to design for impact

We’re experiencing a global revolution in how things are made. It includes everything from new digital technologies like 3D printing, to internet-based tools for design collaboration, distribution, and improvement. It’s influencing where we get our ideas and how we choose to make them real. Add finite resources, shifting global markets,...

Getting ready for a new term?

‘Mathematics starters’ and ‘Year 7 New Starter Investigations and Activities’ are two lists of resources I have created using the National STEM Centre eLibrary:Mathematics starters contains a list of suggestions for a variety of lesson starters.Year 7 New Starter Investigations and Activities contains a number of mathematical investigations, practical...

Language, truth and logic

Written by: Greg Michaelson, Heriot Watt University.It’s curious how discussions about teaching programming often descend into arguments about the merits of different programming languages, especially for beginners.Right now, the main divide seems to be between visual languages, like Scratch, BYOB and AppInventor, and textual languages, like Python or Java....

Water: a calculated resource in mathematics

There are many water-based problems to be found in mathematics classrooms. How many times have you posed questions about filling up water containers, and then matching them with a depth-time graph?Then there is the well-known problem below:Two friends who have an eight-quart jug of water wish to share it evenly. They also have two empty jars, one...

Mathematics: an important ingredient in the new design and technology qualifications

For those teaching the new design and technology and engineering specifications from September 2017, one of the most interesting changes to the examined content is the increased focus on mathematics knowledge. How would you or your students fare with the following question?A water feature is made from three buckets A, B and C. Each bucket fills with...

How does the Mastery Approach help progress in mathematics?

How do we know when a child has really understood a new mathematics concept? Is it when they can show a whole page of ticks? Or when they can answer related word problems? Or is it when they get the question right in a test?As an SLE for primary mathematics, I have the luxury of regularly visiting schools in my local area to support in the development of...

Using Geoboards to develop mathematical thinking

I’m always on the lookout for more unusual questions about run-of-the-mill mathematics topics.When finding the area of a rectangle for example, students very often automatically look for the numbers to put into the formula. I was therefore intrigued by the area maze problems created by Japanese mathematician Naoki Inaba, as featured in Alex Bellos’ ‘Monday...

Algorithms + data structures = programs

Are we focusing more on algorithms and forgetting about data structure when writing computer programs? The fact is programming revolves around data either by processing data, storing or retrieving data and more innovative algorithms have been created by organising data efficiently which results in improved performance."Smart data structures and dumb code...

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