‘Mastery’ approach to the understanding of mathematic.
24 March 2015

There are some interesting discussions occurring about defining a ‘Mastery’ approach to the understanding of mathematic.
“I think it may well be the case that one of the most common ways we use differentiation in primary school mathematics… has had, and continues to have, a very negative effect on the mathematical attainment of our children at primary school and throughout their education.”
Charlie Stripp, Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
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'What makes effective teaching' makes interesting reading.
01 November 2014

The Sutton Trust research into 'what makes effective teaching' makes interesting reading. If you prefer to read the report, rather than relying on media headlines which only capture the equivalent of a sound bite, then follow this link:
Not surprisingly the importance of a depth of subject knowledge is highlighted, which as we know is particularly important for maths.

National Numeracy Manifesto
15 October 2014

We strongly recommend reading the National Numeracy Manifesto for a numerate UK. We all have a part to play, not only in educating our children, but also in developing positive attitudes to numeracy throughout society.

The Families Learning Together programme has been approved by National Numeracy.
2 September 2014

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We are delighted that the experts at National Numeracy are so positive about the opportunities that our ‘systematic approach’ offers for families. Our common aims are to increase the confidence, skills and enjoyment of maths for as many as possible. We will soon be featuring on their ‘microsite’ that they are currently developing.

Let's engage children at an early age
18 August 2014

In Carol Vorderman’s article in the Sunday Times she highlighted the importance of women in maths and of the need to engage children at an early age. The findings of a report using GCSE results and SATs statistics indicate “if you aren’t taught maths well by the age of 11, you will rarely catch up...” and “if you are on the mathematical scrapheap by the time you leave primary school, you have a 95% chance of remaining on that scrapheap.”

Food for thought.

Play boosts children’s development
14 August 2014

A recent report for the Children’s Play Policy Forum recorded that not only did play improve children’s emotional well being, but also their physical and mental health. We should not be surprised that activities that engage children physically and creatively enhance their health. The benefits of being outdoors further enhance this experience.

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Creative primary school teachers regularly use this knowledge to develop positive learning experiences for children.

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