I started writing a piece about planning over the weekend – and ironically, lost it. Great organisation, Claire! Anyhow, the weekend was successful in making notes about medium-term planning. I’ve done a few lesson plans here and there: but not yet, a medium-term one. What is that, exactly? Well, I had not a single (and … Continue reading “The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!”Continue reading →
February 18, 2019
by Claire Smith Comments Off on Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay?
Mathematics? Oh so fearful of it…are you? Or… look… there’s a sum! And… the answer? Let me spend time sourcing it. Right now. Some people leave education with this desire to crawl under the table when 5,6,7 and all the other numbers approach them. Others, well others, carry maths in their head – and would … Continue reading “Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay?”Continue reading →
October 23, 2018
by Isla Campbell Comments Off on Maths Ability Groups
A good thing or a bad thing? This is a topic which interested me so much I decided to find out for myself what does this actually do to children and their learning/development? Obviously, we all know that maths is a complex concept which many children have difficulty understanding within the classroom as it is … Continue reading Maths Ability Groups→Continue reading →
September 28, 2018
by Nadine Duncan Comments Off on Maths Ability Groups: Good, Bad or Ugly?
After learning about the cognitive and affective domains with regards to learning in an input in my Discovering Maths module, I have been thinking about how maths groups based on ability and their seemingly neutral names may be affecting the way children feel about mathematics. Do ability groups still have a place in a modern classroom? Are there other options? We should have ability groups because… It is almost […] Continue reading →
January 16, 2018
by Danielle Skippens Comments Off on What’s the Time Wilfred Wolf
During our maths lecture, we were required to find a book that included maths. Prior to this lecture, I always thought of picture books as being an English resource rather than a maths resource. This really intrigued me and I felt I really had to go looking into this. After finding a few gems […] Continue reading →
January 14, 2018
by Micha Klos Comments Off on Mathematical Concepts in Childrens Books
Big Bear, Little Brother by Carl Norac. Big Bear, Little Brother is a children’s book aimed at children ages 3-5. At a first glance, it seems to be a beautiful story about a child who has lost his way and Big Bear looks after him until he finds his Dad. However, when reading the book again …
In workshop, we were looking at the mathematics behind puzzles and board games. One of the games we looked at was Sudoku. People argue that there is no arithmetic in Sudoku as there’s no adding or calculations necessary. However, surely being able to look at patterns and sequences across the Sudoku square is using basic […] Continue reading →
November 25, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on Reflection post on science and maths!
What links does maths have with science? In class, we drew graphs to plot y=x, y=x^2, y=1/x and y=1/x^2. In order to draw these graphs, we first needed a fundamental understanding of basic concepts such as numbers, the sequence of numbers and being able to understand patterns in order to compare results and see […] Continue reading →
November 20, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on Application of maths for a business simulation.
In a workshop, I took part in a business situation which demonstrated an application of Profound understanding of fundamental mathematics in the real world! An overview of what was involved in this business simulation: We had 5,000 Euros to spend for each quarter of the year We had to choose a maximum of 5 […] Continue reading →
November 15, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on Statistics can save lives!
From the lecture presentation I developed my understanding of the fundamental mathematics behind statistics as statistics couldn’t be understood without starting with fundamental basic mathematics. Also, statistics are an example of longitudinal coherence as they give a full picture and can be broken down to basic concepts that were built upon each other which Ma […] Continue reading →
November 9, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on Maths causes major happiness!
There’s a link between music, maths and our emotions. How can this be and why do major chords in songs make us happy? This is what I am going to explore in this blog post! The links between maths and music: beats (the value of each note) timings rhythm string numbers if you are changing […] Continue reading →
November 9, 2017
by Clare Gibson Comments Off on Maths in Medicine
I have always known that there must be some level of mathematics behind medicine and health care, however, I did not realise just quite how important it is in the world of medicine. As the daughter of a nurse, friends of medical students and someone who considered nursing as a career, I have a basic […] Continue reading →
November 8, 2017
by Clare Gibson Comments Off on Maths in Sport Workshop
During the Maths in Sport workshop, we looked at the factors that make up a football league table. Our task was to redesign the league table from 1888/89 to match a modern day premier league table. Both tables featured the results from the 132 matches played, the wins, draws, losses, goals for, goals against and […] Continue reading →
November 8, 2017
by Clare Gibson Comments Off on Maths in Sport
As preparation for our Maths in Sport input, we were asked to consider the mathematics used in a certain sport. I chose field hockey as I played it for several years when I was younger. I had never really considered that maths would have a part to play in field hockey and simply just thought […] Continue reading →
November 6, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on Reflection on maths in sports!
Previously, it hadn’t occurred to me about maths in sports. If I was playing a sport, my main aim and line of thought would be to try and score, or win, along with using some tactics. Therefore, today’s workshop about maths in sports really opened up my eyes to see how the fundamentals of mathematics […] Continue reading →
November 4, 2017
by Clare Gibson Comments Off on Can Maths be Fun?
Many people scrunch up their face or roll their eyes when they think of maths, many believe that it is boring. I reckon it does not have to be that way- maths can be fun! I believe that we as teachers need to liven up the idea of maths and bring in cross curricular […] Continue reading →
November 4, 2017
by Clare Gibson Comments Off on Can Maths be Creative?
I personally believe that often in today’s world we can limit the idea of maths to calculations, equations and many hours of working things out. We don’t take time to consider just how complex and essential this subject is. Hom (2013) describes maths as “the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and […] Continue reading →
October 30, 2017
by Rachel Noble Comments Off on When in doubt, change your answer?
Have you ever taken a test and put one answer down but the more you think about it, the more you think you should change your answer? Should I stick with what I originally thought or should I change it? What if I change it and my first answer is the right one, that would […] Continue reading →
October 25, 2017
by Alan MacDonald Comments Off on 99p – Maths Behind Consumerism
During my first year placement, a key topic that I was regularly given the responsibility of planning lessons for within mathematics was budgeting. Now, within the Experiences and Outcomes documents there are various outcomes that cover this topic: MNU 2-09a – “I can manage money, compare costs from different retailers, and determine what I can […] Continue reading →
October 23, 2017
by Alan MacDonald Comments Off on Maths Anxiety: What We Should All Fear…
The subject of Maths is divisive, even beyond the system of education, and it has the potential to greatly impact people’s everyday life (both for good and for bad, depending on someone’s experience with it during their school years) (Bellos, 2010). It has been argued that it has the potential to separate humans into two […] Continue reading →