Looking at Year 6 SATs – Education Article

I think it’s a good idea for secondary school maths departments to spend some time looking at Year 6 SATs papers. Ideally this should be done at the start of September when our new teams are in place and we’re planning lessons for the first few weeks of term. When we look at papers it’s important to bear in mind that just because a topic was on their end of year assessment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an incoming Year…

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Two Maths Apps for Children – Education Article

A little while ago I had a comment on my blog from a parent who asked if I could recommend some apps for their children. I couldn’t at the time, but now I can. I recently did some work researching some of the best apps related to maths, logic and problem solving for all Key Stages (from age four through to eighteen). There are many! In the process of doing this research I downloaded some brilliant apps for my own…

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Fifteen Fun Phonemic Awareness Activities and Games For Kids – Education Article

Phonemic awareness games may help your child read fluently. Research has shown that the quicker a child differentiates the sounds in a word, the faster they understand. According to the National Reading Panel report on Teaching Children to Read, teaching kids phonemic awareness significantly improved their reading in various age groups and grades. What is Phonemic Awareness? Although phonemic awareness affects the reading ability of a child, it isn’t taught with the written word. It’s about listening to the spoken…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #107 – Education Article

Welcome to my 107th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Foundation GCSE Revision Thank you to Edexcel for providing a helpful compendium of one-mark questions from Foundation tier papers from the last four exam series. These can be downloaded from the Emporium. Foundation GCSE teachers might also be interested in the revision clips from a new series called ‘The Maths Show‘. This series is produced by BBC…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #110 – Education Article

Welcome to my 110th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. TES AuthorWhen we did the latest round of TES Maths Panel reviews, my fellow panelist Damian Watson discovered the wonderful free resources of TES author cparkinson3. This author’s PowerPoints are really well designed – they are slick and professional with neatly animated worked examples plus exercises with solutions. For example check out the two lessons on volume…

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#1MinCPD: Time Making Tips For Times Tables – Education Article

Reading Time: 1 minute How well do your pupils know their times tables? Knowing your times tables is a maths non-negotiable for all pupils. Try these top tips for nailing times tables in your classroom. 1. Allocate time Without regular dedicated time, learning of times tables will be limited, so if you’re serious about improving recall, get times tables timetabled! 2. Go slow to start Pupils need to feel some level of success to be motivated so it might be…

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