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Points of view - plans and elevations of 3-D shapes
In our everyday lives we make a wide-ranging use of diagrams, maps and floor-plans which all assume an ability to interpret plans, elevations and aerial views. Giving children the opportunity to explore plans, side elevations and front elevations of 3-D shapes, and represent them in different ways, is a useful step towards developing these skills, as well as helping to cover these NC Programmes of Study:
Year 3 – ‘Recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them’
Year 5 – ‘Identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and cuboids from 2-D representations’

Using mobiles to explore complements of numbers
The visual representation of balanced mobiles is a great way to explore the complements of sets of numbers. Children need to be able to quickly recall the complements of 10, 100 and 1000 as well as the decade numbers to give them mental agility when calculating. Mobiles are also useful for practicing complementary addition to work out the difference between two numbers. This challenge to balance the mobile is open ended and is a great starting point that can be accessed by all abilities before progressing in complexity.

Teaching money - include financial education too
Teaching money in primary maths involves recognising the values of coins and notes, making totals and giving change, understanding decimal notation and calculating with money to solve problems. It is also a good opportuntity to include financial education, looking at where our money comes from, what we use money for and how it makes us feel. Research from the Money Advice Service finds that habits around money are often formed by the age of 7 so this is an important topic to cover across the whole primary age range.

Statutory assessment consultation - have your say
There is an opportunity for teachers to influence future statutory assessment in primary schools. The Department for Education and the Standards Testing Agency are asking for your views about assessment, the best starting point for measuring progress and the role of teacher assessment. A cross-party Education Select Committee report, published last week, suggests that current testing is having a negative impact on children’s education and well-being. So, while testing happens in schools this month, keep up to date with current findings around assessment and have your say.

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