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March 2020

It wasn’t meant to be like this …

2020-03-22T12:22:57+00:00March 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

This week was one of the hardest weeks of teaching I have known. I know I am not alone and every single person, regardless of your job title who works in schools or elsewhere has been affected. You don't need me to tell you the reasons behind it. The week [...]

May be of use …

2020-03-15T23:00:44+00:00March 15th, 2020|Blog, Edexcel, Resources, Teaching|

We are facing uncertain times - if you do nothing else tomorrow at work tell your headteacher that they are appreciated - for some (most!) of them this week will have been amongst some of the toughest times they will have faced and it doesn't look like it will get [...]

November 2019

Knowing when to open up …

2019-11-05T00:42:47+00:00November 5th, 2019|Personal|

Type. Delete. Type. Delete. Having had a half term break last week where I spent most of it trying (and seemingly failing!) to catch up on JustMaths stuff, today was a tough day back at work. No tougher than lots of you would have found it but I came home [...]

October 2019

Command Words (2 of 4)

2019-10-29T21:24:45+00:00October 29th, 2019|AQA, Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1|

This is the second in a series of posts about literacy in maths. I mentioned in my previous post that this post would explain more about tier 1, 2, and 3 words and also include some further analysis in relation to the higher tier papers. If you are looking for [...]

Command Words (1 of 4)

2019-10-29T21:05:43+00:00October 24th, 2019|AQA, Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

I know! I know! I know! Its been a while but I’ve been busy don’t you know? To which I can almost hear you, dear reader saying “Haven’t we all?” … This is the first of two three four blog posts about the language used in exams … I’ve split [...]

September 2019

JustaRoo??

2019-09-06T20:43:14+01:00September 6th, 2019|Resources|

At one of the early maths conferences I attended, a guy came up to me and introduced himself. Nothing unusual about that I know but this is where Twitter has changed things massively; we talk to each other all the time and then when you meet people in person, the [...]

July 2019

Digital Detox

2019-07-31T02:25:50+01:00July 31st, 2019|Blog, Personal|

At the end of every year, in the first week of the summer holidays I like to get away. For me it’s a way of resetting the clock and spending some much-needed time with my (long-suffering!?!?!) husband – we could just stay at home and lock away the world but [...]

The end is in sight ..

2019-07-04T01:03:06+01:00July 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

As the year end gets within touching distance it is all too easy to count the days and I try not to do this. - that's not to say I don't do it, I just try not to! Time will pass regardless and by counting the days to the next [...]

A little every day – July 2019

2019-07-02T19:10:03+01:00July 2nd, 2019|Blog, Resources|

  Below you will find two versions of the monthly maths calendar : Julys “normal” crossover version: – > Monthly Maths - 31 - July 2019 - Crossover Julys “number skills” version (shown below): – > Monthly Maths - 31 - July 2019 - Number Skills The original post containing [...]

A little every day – June 2019

2019-07-02T19:08:51+01:00July 2nd, 2019|Blog, Resources, Uncategorized|

Below you will find two versions of the monthly maths calendar : Junes “normal” crossover version: – > Monthly Maths - 30 - June 2019 - Crossover Junes “number skills” version (shown below): – > Monthly Maths - 30 - June 2019 - Number Skills The original post containing the [...]