A professional learning blog by William Emeny Leading Practitioner (specialist in memory and curriculum design), Head of maths, author, speaker, researcher, teacher of the year in a secondary school 2016/17


Numeracy Ninjas update- 1000 up!

There are now over 1000 schools using Numeracy Ninjas worldwide! See more info and other updates, including the publication of the weeks 21-30 Ninja Skill Books, at this project blog post: 1000 up & Numeracy Ninjas Skill Books weeks 21-30 now live


Timetables Rockstars iOS and Android apps now available

The visionary Bruno Reddy, @MrReddyMaths, has just expanded his fantastic Timestables Rockstars product to include iOS and Android apps.  Free to use until February, and then just a £3 per month bolt-on for the whole school thereafter, the apps bring all the features of TT Rockstars that students know and love: customisation, online battles etc. Highly recommended.


Numeracy Ninjas end-of-term activities

Looking for a fun mathematical end of term activity to do with your class? Look no further! Numeracy Ninjas Christmas Dodecahedron Bauble Download the bauble template here. Be patient; it’s a few MB! Print the template double-sided so each Ninja graphic has a number on the back. Cut out each section of the bauble and  then glue matching numbers together to...


Interactive circle theorems

I’ve created a page on Great Maths Teaching Ideas which features interactive versions of all the circle theorems. Go to the ‘shape’ menu and then click ‘circle theorems’. Enjoy! Alternatively, here’s a link to the page: http://www.greatmathsteachingideas.com/circle-theorems/ Here’s an example of what you can find on the page:


Macau’s Magic Square Stamps

Alex Bellos of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland fame has written an article in The Guardian about a stamp-series in Macau. (Stay with me!) The series highlights the history of Magic Squares. The stamps, worth 1-9 Patacs are even bought on sheets arranged into Magic Squares based not their monetary value! Could your students design a stamp series around a different...


MathsWatch spaced-learning revision programme- Edexcel 1MA0

I’ve put together a revision programme based on MathsWatch for the year 11 cohort of 2015-16 studying Edexcel 1MA0 GCSE maths. It is based on spaced-learning principles to maximise retention. This could be used as an additional revision programme to complement weekly practice papers, which are essential in my opinion. It will ensure students systematically visit all topics on the...


Numeracy Ninjas

  Today is a rather emotional day for me. The last few years have been an amazing journey learning about effective maths teaching. Steps along the way have included: The problem with levels- gaps in basic numeracy skills identified by rigorous diagnostic testing, Forgetting is necessary for learning, desirable difficulties and the need to dissociate learning and performance, Going SOLO on the journey...


The problem with levels- gaps in basic numeracy skills identified by rigorous diagnostic testing

I have felt for a long time that one of the disadvantages of the current levelling system is that it encourages teachers to constantly teach students mathematical concepts and ideas only at levels equal to or above that which they have recently scored on an assessment.  The data-focused, level-centric system only rewards teachers if their students can  score marks on...


Time-series jigsaw puzzle fun!

Teaching time-series graphs? Get students to work in pairs. One solves a jigsaw puzzle. The other student records how many pieces in the jigsaw were solved every n seconds. Choose n appropriately. Students then plot graphs of n.o. pieces solved vs time. Then ask them: Describe the shape of your graph. Why did it take this shape? What would the shape...


AQA 90 problems to solve- perfect for 9-1 Maths GCSE

AQA have recently released their ’90 problems’ to support teachers in delivering the problem-solving element of the new 9-1 maths GCSE. It’s a rebranding of the 90 problems they released to support the teaching of Further Maths GCSE in 2008. There a number of issues with many of the diagrams on the newer version, so I’ve attached the 2008 version...


Geometric squares

Look at the shapes in this square grid. The hexagons on each row, column and diagonal are made of the three shapes in that row, column or diagonal respectively. This completed ‘Geometric Square’ was posted on Twitter by @PardoeMary. Can your students create another geometric square? Can they create tessellation patterns of the results? What if you didn’t use hexagons, but...