Maven's Maths Mysteries

Mavens Maths MysteriesThe Maths Maven is always finding herself in the middle of a fun new mystery — and she counts on her "super sleuths" to crack the case. This website has 27 different audio visual maths puzzles for children across the KS2 age range. Each mystery focuses on a particular area of math reasoning and problem solving.

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Maffy's Best Numbers

Maffy's Best NumbersMaffy's Best Numbers was written and produced by the Resources and Learning Development Unit in Bristol back in the 1980's with the help of local schools and teachers. It consists of maths related puzzles, problems, investigations and games that are suitable for children in primary and secondary schools.

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Maths Starters for KS2

Maths StartersThese resources are really useful for the KS2 maths class. Each of the resources share three things in common: you can generate an infinite number of questions, you get all the answers and they are completely free! You can use them for maths starters, for revision, as part of a carousel of activities or to print out for worksheets.

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Classroom Posters for Primary Maths

Primary Maths PostersHere are a selection of fabulous maths posters for the primary school classroom. Based on problems from the nrich site, they are well suited for display around the school to challenge more able children and to embed mathematical thinking around the school. The maths posters are for both KS1 maths and KS2 maths.

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Brain Rules for the Classroom

Brain rules for the classroomIn John Medina's book, Brain Rules, he outlines 12 big ideas that science knows about the human brain. These rules can be applied to teaching and education in general. As a teacher, if we aware of how the brain works and then put these rules into practise then our teaching practise will be more effective, resulting in better learning outcomes for our little learners.

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Scratch Extensions for KS2

Scratch extensions for KS2The popular programming language Scratch has now got a sister site called Scratch X. Scratch X contains lots of extensions to Scratch which allow it to do such things as control hardware and talk to external services on the internet. With Scratch X you can get Scratch to speak, control 3D environments and play synthesised music as well as controlling Lego EV3 robots and Roamers.

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Teaching Maths Using Robots

Sphero is a robot ball with several features that can be controlled through mobile apps, including computer programs that the students build. Sphero can roll at a given speed and direction for a given amount of time and it can light up in any color. Its really fun for the children to program and includes mathematical concepts such as angles, distance, speed and shape.

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Maths Problem Pictures

Maths Problem PicturesMaths Problem Pictures are about bringing mathematics to life with photographs. Striking photographs are combined with original questions and problems to challenge students at all levels. Although they are aimed at more able students, some of them will be accessible by primary maths students.

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Teaching Finance at Primary School

Teaching finance at primary schoolAccording to research, the average age that children start to purchase items online is 10. So we need to teach them about finanical matters. Luckily, there are resources available to allow us to do this. Cha-Ching is a financial education resource, designed to equip primary school children with the knowledge, skill and attitudes they need to make informed money decisions.

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Best Drones for School Use

Further to my article about using drones in schools, I've had a number of questions about which is the best drone to buy. Here is a look at the best drones on the market at the moment (2016) and their suitability for using in schools. Their prices range from £150 to £450 so there's something here to suit every budget and need.

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How to skip ads on ITV player for free

Skip ads ITV playerDo you want to skip ads on ITV player for free? If the answer to this question is a resounding YES then you've come to the right place.  As you may know, ITV do offer a subscription service which removes the ads on their player but this costs money. But there is another way.... in fact, there are two other ways!

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The Importance of Questioning

The importance of questioningQuestioning is the key means by which teachers find out what pupils already know, identify gaps in knowledge and understanding and scaffold the development of their understanding to enable them to close the gap between what they currently know and the learning goals.

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Where are Raspberry Pi log files kept?

Raspberry Pi Log FilesThe log files on the Raspberry Pi can sometimes be a little tricky to locate. Different processes log data to different files on the Raspberry Pi so there are a number of places that you can look to find the log files that you need. Here is a list of the most important log files for the systems and for various applications.

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Feed your neurotransmitters

Feed your neurotransmittersDid you know that you can influence your moods by changing your diet? Eating the correct types of food can make us more positive, give us focus and energy, help us to concentrate and control sugar cravings. There are a number of neurotransmitters in our bodies (serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine and norepinephrine) which are our brains chemical messengers and which are influenced by the foods that we eat.

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Writing complex SQL queries

Writing complex SQL queriesWhen you're given complex SQL queries to write which involve joins across many tables and several nested conditions, then it can seem a little intimidating, especially if you're not too confident or experienced with SQL syntax. This article shows you how to write a complex SQL query by breaking it down into simple steps and building it back up from there.

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OCR on Ubuntu 12.04

OCR LinuxScanning in an image and converting it to text is relatively straightforward in Linux provided you have the correct software installed. I plumped for Tesseract as it was reputedly the best command line OCR program but I also wanted to have a graphical user interface with it so I used gImageReader as a front-end to Tesseract.

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Problem Solving Activities KS2

Puzzleboxx is a collection of puzzles and problem solving activities suitable for upper KS2 children. Well suited for maths groupwork, they are arranged into visual, word based, practical, logical and lateral problems so there's something here to suit everyone's preferences and learning styles.

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HTML Projects for KS2

HTML Projects for KS2Those fabulous guys at Code Club have created some great resources to help KS2 children learn how to program in HTML and CSS. HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a language for describing and structuring web pages and CSS is used to style them. Young coders can save their code online, allowing them to access their webpages both at school and at home.

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Intel Primary Maths Resources

Intel Primary Maths ResourcesHere are a 24 interactive maths lessons, created by Intel, covering many areas of the KS1 and KS2 programme of study including number, statistics, shape & space and measure. They have also been added to the Primary Maths Resources section and sorted into the correct year group objective. The lessons include three elements - learn, test and review.

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Raspberry Pi Internet Enabled Security Camera

Raspberry Pi Internet Enabled CameraUsing the Raspberry Pi camera module, you can stream video both on your local network and across the internet. This means the video can be accessed anywhere in the world. Your Raspberry Pi will be transformed into a customisable video surveillance camera that you can place anywhere you want.

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Scratch on ipads

Scratch on ipadsAlthough Scratch isn't officially available on ipads (unlike its little brother Scratch Jr) there is another app that is based on the Scratch source code and runs on ipads. Pyonkee looks exactly like the Scratch interface, reduced to fit on the smaller ipad screen with a different set of characters.

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3D Pens in the Classroom

3D Pens in the ClassroomForget 3D printers in the classroom that take forever to print anything out. Imagine getting children to create 3D shapes immediately in a maths lesson by drawing them in the air! Or drawing 3D musical notes and passing them round to children to look at in a music lesson! All these things and more are now possible, at a reasonable price, thanks to the development of 3D pens.

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Laying the Foundations for Algebra

Laying the foundations for algebraAlgebra is about putting real life problems into equations and then solving them. Although formal algebra does not really start until Key Stage 3, primary schools can lay the lay the foundations for algebra in Key Stages 1 and 2 by providing early activities based on algebra from which later work in algebra can develop.

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Reading Bingo

Reading BingoGetting children to read for pleasure can be difficult. Reading seems such a passive activity, and they can quickly become restless and bored. The idea behind Reading Bingo is that they put these bingo cards in their home reading books, and when they've read a particular genre they get an adult/teacher to sign it off for them. If they get 4 in a row, they get a special prize!

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Making E-textiles At School

E-textiles at schoolImagine making a monster badge that had flashing eyes or a bookmark with a light? The idea behind e-textiles, or wearable electronics, is to use electronics with different materials to add functional or decorative effects. All you need to achieve this are basic sewing skills and a limited knowledge of circuits. The materials and electronics are inexpensive and a full detailed guide is provided to create lots of fabulous e-textile products.

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National Numeracy Strategy ITPs

NNS ITPsThese National Numeracy Strategy Interactive Teaching Programs (NNS ITPs) were developed in 2002 to help with the teaching of maths in UK Primary Schools. There are 32 NNS ITPs in total and many are still useful for maths teaching in classrooms today. They are ideal for class or small group teaching and cover many areas of numeracy incuding number, shape, measure and statistics.

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How To Be An Enthusiastic Teacher

How to be an enthusiastic teacherTeacher enthusiasm (and the perceived competence that it conveys) usually leads to greater student achievement. Children are more engaged, more willing to contribute in class discussions and more willing to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have. The question, then, is how can teachers become more enthusiastic? What tools and techniques can you learn to convey enthusiasm to your students?

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Persuasive Ideas For Schools

Persuasion with a purposeTo round off our persuasive writing unit, my year 5 literacy class produced video adverts using Adobe Spark for our favourite brands. We uploaded them to YouTube and contacted the CEOs or marketing department for each brand/organisation and asked them to feed back on them. We were staggered with the positive feedback that we received (not to mention the freebies!). Here's how we went about it.

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Maths Curriculum KS1

Maths Curriculum KS1The KS1 Maths Curriculum is focused on ensuring that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numbers, words and the four operations, often taught at this early age using practical resources. This article provides an indepth overview of the maths curriculum at KS1.

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Gamification in Education

Gaming provides players with an immersive experience, one that engages them on all levels. The power of play in the classroom opens up children's imagination and ambition. Creating a game where players progress based on their achievements in the classroom makes learning a positive experience for all children.

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How Technology Motivates Children

Technology has always had an effect on its user. Whether it buzzes, flashes, beeps or lights up, it attracts its makes you want to do something. Due to its interactive nature, it can motivate children in many ways by allowing them to learn from their mistakes, giving them rewards, helping with problem solving and allowing them to be creative.

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Mathematics Problem Solving Strategies

Anyone who has taught maths for any length of time will know how difficult it can be to teach pupils to solve maths problems out of context. Present pupils with a familiar setting or a sum that they've tackled before then they're usually fine, but turn it into an unfamiliar problem then it's a different matter. However, in the same ways that we teach strategies for other areas of maths, we can also teach strategies to solve maths problems.

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Creative Writing using Minecraft Edu

Minecraft Edu Creative WritingWe've spent a really productive afternoon today with year 5/6 children from the local area using Minecraft Edu to inspire creative writing. The children were set a series of tasks to perform during the course of the 2 hour session and then asked to write notes about what they could see, who they met and how they felt along the way. These notes were then used in literacy to develop their creative writing.

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Progression in Mathematics at Primary School

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) have published a series of videos, powerpoints and supplementary material to demonstrate the progression of mathematics teaching and learning at primary school. There are 60 short videos, filmed during 2012-2013, which demonstrate how to teach mathematics at primary school.

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KS2 Maths SATs Threshold

KS2 Maths SATs ThresholdKS2 Maths SATs Threshold tables can sometimes be hard to find so here they are collected together for ease of use. These thresholds used to determine what levels to assign to year 6 children when completing the KS2 SATs tests. SATs were introduced in 2003 and the thresholds were discontinued when levels were discontinued in 2016 but they've been collated here for your convenience.

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Business Skills For KS2 Children

I was lucky enough to be invited to an event today with other KS2 and secondary teachers to play the logistics board game entitled "Business on the Move". The purpose of the game is to develop business skills in children (and adults too). The game challenges players to run a business that must respond to customers’ orders, moving different products around the world as profitably as possible.

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Uses of Drones in Schools

Uses of drones in schoolsWe have a drone at school which is linked to an ipad. The ipad controls the drone and stores the videos that it captures. We use these videos for making movies about events around the school calendar, such as maypole dancing and sports day. The footage has been really useful for the children to see our school from many different angles.

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Printable and Editable Scratch Blocks

Printable and Editable Scratch Programming BlocksHere is a fabulous collection of Scratch programming blocks. They are editable and available in a number of formats, including svg, png, Smartboard and Powerpoint. They are useful for display purposes and for teaching with. The blocks can be edited by using a free vector editing program such as Inkscape.

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Beverley the Dining Room of East Yorkshire

Beverley restaurantsIn recent years, Beverley has gained an enviable reputation as being one of the best places in Yorkshire for good food. People from far and wide visit Beverley, eager to eat in one of the fabulous restaurants that the town is famous for. From smaller establishments using local produce and creating speciality ethnic food, to national high street eateries and smaller fine-dining independents, Beverley has it all.

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What's the Learning Objective

Learning ObjectiveThe learning objective that you share with your class is not a description of the tasks they will complete during the lesson. Instead it is a reflection of what they will have achieved by the end of the lesson. In 2002 the DfES identified some learning objective starters (in their Training material for foundation subjects resource) to help write effective learning objectives:

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