2018-2019 Maths courses

There is a vast array (in general terms, not an array for demonstrating multiplication and division facts!) of maths courses being advertised on my website that are running in five different locations in 2018-2019. Check them out; there could be one for you!


Make angles facts and missing angles today’s focus. Work out the angles on a clock with the children (each hand goes through 30 degrees when moving from one number to another – when the hands show 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock they represent a 90 degree angle which is a quarter of 360 degrees and the two hands are also perpendicular to each other…). Revise all quadrilaterals (square, rhombus, rectangle, parallelogram, kite and trapezium) and triangles (right-angled, equilateral, scalene, isosceles). Ask: ‘Is it possible to draw a triangle with two right angles?’; ‘ If we drew a right-angled triangle which was also isosceles, what would its three angles be?’

KS2 SAT prep…

KS2 SAT prep: Order everything today! Ascending & descending. Money, length, time, weight, fractions, etc make sure they are all written in different ways i.e. 3/4 0.4 4/3 30% also order numbers that use same digits in different orders such as: 1.086 1.0086 1.068 1.0608 1.608

Y6 – more ‘last push’ advice

Y6: work on the easier content now. Ensure written methods (but not long division at this stage – if not grasped it yet then it is too late for next week). Look at requirements from year 3 & 4. Check out parallel and perpendicular lines (& line symmetry) in capital letters.

Teaching for teachers…

Do you want lesson study/demonstration in your school, by someone with years (yes, I am old) of experience? Get in touch. It’s one thing reading about how to teach Maths. But to really understand techniques (CPA, AFL & progression) they should be demonstrated. Schools in Bradford that use me for teaching with and for teachers include Green Lane, Atlas, Margaret McMillan, Bowling Park, Eldwick and Horton Park. The Ellis in Barnsley and Calverley C of E have also used me in this capacity. It is a very powerful model. Ask them, if you don’t believe me. NQTs and RQTs particularly benefit.