Monthly Archive: July 2010


The Fibonacci Sequence in nature

As the end of term draws near we are all looking for lessons to inject a bit of fun into the last two weeks of term. I need some display work for my classroom so am getting the pupils to create posters about the famous mathematician Fibonacci. After introducing the Fibonacci Sequence, I then showed the pupils this presentation which...


Thoughts on why kids struggle to understand fractions and proportion

I’m at the very beginning of my teaching career. Amongst the day-to-day business of teaching, whilst on my PGCE I spent quite a lot of time thinking about how to break down mathematical ideas into key concepts that the kids could understand and thought about how best to communicate them. I found this time valuable and illuminating as it challenged...


What does the cube look like?

I created this worksheet based on a problem on the excellent NRich Maths website. The pupils have to use their skills of visualising 3D shapes to draw patterns on the faces of a cube net after deciphering where they should go by looking at 3D views of the cube. To scaffold the task an actual cube net is also included...