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Should primary school children be learning times tables by heart?

The new curriculum requires children to all memorise their times tables and has caused two leading mathematics experts to speak out.Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University has spoken of how timed multiplication tests cause anxiety for many children, blocking their working memory and preventing the recall of mathematical facts...

Learning outside the classroom

Building a den is something involving creativity, problem solving and teamwork and think of the stories and drama activities that could take place once your den is built!Working with children outside the classroom, we often see a different side to them. We all know that children learn best when happy and in a positive stimulating environment and being...

Concept cartoons to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in science

Faye Beecroft is from Camps Hill Community Primary School and is one of 50 teachers to win £1,000 for their school as a result of their entry in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. In this article she outlines her entry for the prize and the effect it has had on her school.I plan to implement the use of concept cartoons to hopefully raise the standards of...

The outdoor classroom: Risk taking and creative thinking

Bev Fletcher is the Assistant Headteacher and Science Coordinator at Brotherton and Byram Community Primary School, North Yorkshire. She is one of 50 teachers to win £1,000 for their school as a result of their entry in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. In this article she outlines her entry for the prize and the effect it has had on her school.Leading...

New life: seven resources to use this Spring

Spring has finally sprung, lambs are gamboling in the fields, daffodils popping up from their wintery beds and the first few blossoms are appearing on trees. My local pond is alive with tadpoles, and with fascinated children observing them each week as they develop slowly into frogs.As teachers start planning lessons on the new life springing, buzzing and...

How to utilise 3D printing in the classroom

It’s in the news every week, school children are talking about it, most people in technology have probably heard about it, but what exactly is 3D printing?Critics are saying it’s the next industrial revolution that’s due to change how the manufacturing industry operates. Industry leaders claim 67% of manufacturers in the UK are already using 3D printers in...

How to build confidence as a mathematics NQT

For many teachers, their year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) is the most challenging of their career. For some, their first teaching role represents their first ‘real’ full-time job. Others, with more experience outside of teaching, can still struggle with the intensive workload of their new role in the classroom.In my first year of teaching, lesson...

What’s the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with my classroom?

Internet of things, IoT, smart homes and cities, machine-to-machine communications… whatever you call it, it’s big and growing fast.It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will connect to the internet, integrating with the physical world and sharing data.If you have a smart TV or thermostat, use a fitness monitor, touch your phone to...

Start your own science club and see the benefits for yourself

Running a science club can be an extremely rewarding experience. They provide the chance to explore and investigate science, even topics not in the curriculum, and enrich learning.Think of those wow factor investigations such as: lava lamps, stomp rockets and volcanoes. However as they are hands-on sessions they do require planning ahead and resourcing....

What makes a good teaching assistant?

Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with a number of teaching assistants. Some were attached to the department and enjoyed the challenges of working alongside the mathematics team. Others were attached to students, getting to know the particular foibles of their charge as they worked alongside them in a variety of lessons.The most valued piece...

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