Category Archives: Numeracy

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… a tale of calculators then and now   Back in my day at school, calculators in the classroom were in their infancy – I was in the last year that were not allowed calculators in their O Level maths exam, although we did use them in A Level Maths. We thought they were pretty […]

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Quite Interesting

Twitter is a wonderful thing. I woke up this morning, fired up my PC, checked my twitter stream and was instantly enlightened. A tweet from @Teach Further Maths informed me that the number 40, when written as forty, is the only number that is spelled in alphabetical order, and that “one” is the only number […]

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Back in my prime

Today is my birthday and, for the first time in four years, my age is a prime number. After this year, it will be another six years before I am “prime” again. Hold old am I? (And just a little context, in case you don’t know me, I am not (alas!) a very young teacher, […]

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Times Tables, part 2

And so it rumbles on, the great times tables debate: should pupils be expected to know – by heart – their times tables to twelve by the end of Year Six? Christine Blower, the leader of the NUT, has waded in to the argument, suggesting that tables don’t need to be known of pat as […]

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I ate and I ate …

The Government has announced that it expects all children to be able to recall their times tables – up to and including 12 x 12 – by the time they reach age 11 and leave Primary School. Quite right too. They should know them before age 11, but it makes sense to test them at […]

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