Y8z5Maths

Adventures in Maths

Adventures in Maths is dedicated to my new class, Y8z5 Maths. With eighteen years teaching experience, two terms preparation teaching Maths with my Assistant Principal colleague, I am very excited to be teaching my own new Year 8 class. I will be writing up our adventures here. Sharing our class successes, and that experience foretells me to expect, our occasional stumbles. I am hoping that my students, though not compelled to do so, will honestly comment and feedback.

Angles and 2D Shapes

Whatever happened to December? January for that matter? Sadly, I missed out a posting for our fourth unit, Angles and 2D Shapes. I also included an opportunity for “open class learning.” That is, using the feedback from the practice papers, an opportunity for students to direct their own learning. To questions or topics they …

Fractions, decimals and percentages

The unit practice paper certainly presented the pupils with a serious challenge. Many of the pupils found understanding / decoding the actual question more difficult then maths required to solve it. As their teacher, I learnt that “decoding questions” is a skill I should allocate more time to in future units (incidentally, we have …

Expressions and formulae

A new term, a new unit – expressions and formulae. What am I expecting the students to know already? What knowledge will I be checking for in the first couple of lessons. Students should already know how to… Use basic algebraic notation (some awareness) Carry out arithmetic operations in the correct …

Mushrooms the measurement

It has been a challenging week for Y8z5. A new unit, Area, perimeter and measures, some difficult tasks and despite the uphill battle, the class are growing in confidence, even if the successes have been far and few between. We are undeterred, we revisit our RESPECT agenda every day to remind us of …

Beyond the classroom Y8z5Maths

Another positive week in class with Y8z5 this week and very positive feedback from the teacher that meet the class on Wednesday (as was in London attending a professional commitment). Thank you. The key message from class this week is the need to; expect more from class time (focus, determination and learning resilience) …