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So you have textbooks…so what?

Siobhan King is a Mathematics Adviser at Herts for Learning

I have been thinking about maths text books: what they add to lessons and how they can be used effectively.  I am a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel and know that teacher time is finite and exceptionally valuable.   Furthermore, I agree with Tim Oates’ assertion that “high quality textbooks support both teachers and pupils – they free teachers up to concentrate on refining pedagogy and developing engaging, effective learning.”  (Oates, 2014, p4) Continue reading “So you have textbooks…so what?”

Supporting Children with Dyslexia in Mathematics

Gill Shearsby-Fox is a Primary Mathematics Adviser for Herts for Learning.

Many people think that Dyslexia purely impacts upon children’s learning of reading and spelling and therefore does not have a huge influence on their mathematics. A difficulty in reading does of course lead to children finding most of the curriculum difficult because it is an essential skill and is needed to access learning and succeed. However, having dyslexia does impact on children’s learning of mathematics in more ways than having difficulties reading the questions. Continue reading “Supporting Children with Dyslexia in Mathematics”

We are reading – One Thing featuring Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child

Gill Shearsby-Fox is a Primary Mathematics Adviser for Herts for Learning

Charlie and LolaOne Thing featuring Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child (published by Orchard ISBN 978-1-40833-900-8).

One Thing, is the latest book, from the well know author and illustrator Lauren Child. It features her well know characters Charlie and his little sister Lola who ‘is small and very funny’. Continue reading “We are reading – One Thing featuring Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child”

Maths across the curriculum (Pattern)

Nicola Randall is a primary maths adviser for HfL

In the aims of the new curriculum for mathematics, it states that a high quality mathematics education provides ‘an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics’. What better way to appreciate this beauty than to looking at nature? Continue reading “Maths across the curriculum (Pattern)”

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