April 2018

July 2017

Playing with numbers

2017-07-05T10:13:03+01:00July 5th, 2017|1 - Number, From the Coal Face|

This is gonna be quick ... I promise! But thought I'd share ... I see part of my job in year 7 is to get students comfortable just playing around with numbers. Yes, I want there to be no fear about making mistakes but I also want students to be [...]

April 2017

October 2016

September 2016


2017-07-02T19:57:06+01:00September 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 [...]

Code Breakers

2017-07-02T19:57:06+01:00September 10th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources, Teaching|

We've been thinking about the questions we want students to work through when we get them doing some "actual" work with our "super group" (we team teach a mahoosive group in year 11). After we've done the whole class explanation we usually get them practising a similar question (or questions) [...]

Elegantly simple

2017-07-02T19:57:06+01:00September 6th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Teaching|

In all the years that I have known Seager he still manages to pull "a blinder" that takes me by surprise and today was one of those days. I'd asked him for an idea to use with year 7 which involved them just "playing with numbers". It was their first [...]

June 2014

Nitty Gritty …

2014-06-05T22:51:26+01:00June 5th, 2014|1 - Number|

I got in late last night from a parish council meeting and had intended on blogging as I've loads to tell you but so little time! We've had year 11 in for revision this week and they're back tomorrow for 4 hours (half of the year group at a time, for 2 hours) [...]

March 2014

esreveR segatnecreP ??

2014-03-24T23:14:20+00:00March 24th, 2014|1 - Number, Blog|

Figured it out yet? Its obvious ... "Reverse Percentages" ... okay I'll grab my coat! I've put together a nice little "wordsearch style" worksheet where the answers are found in the grid: There is one red herring in the first section of questions, just to mix it up a little and the answers [...]

February 2014

Not new ..

2014-02-25T21:59:42+00:00February 25th, 2014|1 - Number, Blog|

I tweeted a photo of a lego worksheet I made and some bugger avid reader pointed out a grammatical error. I can't believe its taken over 15 months for anyone to notice that I'd written "bought" instead of "brought" .. I've been waiting for someone to notice (ahem!) all this time. [...]