March 2017

What are we testing?

March 19th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, From the Coal Face, Resources, Uncategorized|

Ramblings of a mad woman probably but I'm trying to get my head around ways to work with our current and future cohorts to overcome issues whereby some students do this: Read the question Decide they aren't going to be able to FINISH the question Don't even start having a go [...]

January 2017

A little every day .. February 2017

January 31st, 2017|Blog, Resources|

Short and sweet ... Calender for Feb can be found here -> Monthly Maths - February 2017 NOTE: I'll update this post with the solutions for January up tomorrow as I'm a world away from home at the minute - somewhere up north!!  Update: Jan Solutions can be found here [...]

December 2016

A little every day – JANUARY 2017

December 22nd, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

I did mean to get these posted last week but sometimes forget how manic the end of term is ... just starting to chill out - it's only taken 4 days! The file for the January maths calendar and also solutions for the December one can be found below: January [...]

November 2016

A little every day – December 2016

November 24th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

The file for the December maths calendar and also solutions for November one can be found below and to prove I'm not an ogre I've put Christmas day down as a day "off": December -> Monthly Maths - December November Solutions -> November - SOLUTIONS

October 2016

A little every day – November 2016

October 26th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

The file for the November maths calendar and also solutions for October found below: November -> monthly-maths-november October Solutions -> monthly-maths-october-solutions

They know that I know!

October 19th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

We've just finished our first assessment cycle (well .. one more paper to go with year 9's tomorrow!) and we've done the whole RAG'ing of questions and reviewed the papers so when someone asked me last week if we re-test students it really made me think. The answer is no [...]

Being systematic

October 11th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

I love teaching my year 9 group. I've taught them for 2 years now and in the main, they are really up for having a go at most things I give them and they usually try their best. There are times when they're a little loud but they are such [...]

A little every day – October 2016

October 1st, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

File for October maths calender and also solutions for September found below: October -> monthly-maths-october September Solutions -> monthly-maths-september-solutions  

September 2016


September 25th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources|

I've been thinking a lot about the need for "fluency" (whatever that means!) and how not having a firm grasp of the basic number facts and relationships sometimes holds students back from accessing higher order topics. I think that there is a definite difference between "sums" and "maths". Now, don't [...]

Blown Away – Our WINNERS!

September 12th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

Last night I drew names out of my hat for the giveaway competition the JustMaths "boys" announced a week or so ago. OK so it wasn't a real hat but I did print off my spreadsheet and cut every entry up into slips - as Sunday progressed and responses kept [...]