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Summer holidays with children

Maths games to play on your car journeys this summer

August 12, 2016

Recently, we gave you some great ways to keep the kids occupied even when the weather isn’t on our side. When you do decide to venture out, here’s a list of activities to try out on your next car journey with the kids, inspired by Rob Eastaway & Mike Askew’s book, Maths On The Go! Using […]

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How to relax over the summer holidays

July 26, 2016

Are we the only ones who think holidays go way too quickly? A few weeks ago, we ran a competition on Twitter asking for the best ways people find #10MinutesOfCalm. It was great to see so many responses, and reassuring to know there are quick ways of relaxing for even the busiest of people! We’ve […]

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Summer holidays: what to do when the weather turns British

July 26, 2016

Ah, the British summer holidays. Nostalgia encourages us to think of day trips to the beach, bucket and spade in hand, and picnics in the local park. Sadly, the reality of our summer time is stolen moments of sun, alongside many forlorn glances out the window at the dark rainclouds heading our way. We’ve put […]

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Happy holidays from DoodleMaths!

What can you expect from DoodleMaths over the summer?

July 20, 2016

The playgrounds are empty. The classrooms are bare. All is quiet in the schools up and down the country. At DoodleMaths HQ, however, the opposite is true! As teachers can finally unwind and parents are already counting down the days until the new school year (!), we are busy working on some exciting new changes […]

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Rewarding a child for effort

Rewarding children for effort

July 13, 2016

One of DoodleMaths’ main aims is to build a child’s confidence in maths. This confidence comes from working independently, but it is, of course, essential that a child should feel they can ask for help in a classroom setting. From our experience in working with children, this is what we’ve learnt about asking for help: […]

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#StandUpToBullying Day

July 5, 2016

Bullying is something that most of us will be involved in at some point in our lives, whether it’s as a victim, a perpetrator, or a bystander, so it’s incredibly important to be aware of how to remain supportive as a teacher or parent, and what to look out for. In honour of #StandUpToBullying this […]

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How learning a language can improve kids’ maths skills

June 27, 2016

As the Co-Founder of One Third Stories, a company dedicated to inspiring more children to learn another language, it’ll probably come as a surprise to hear that I hated French lessons when I was at school. In fact, there was only one subject I hated more – maths. It was one straight after the other […]

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Problem solving

More on Rote Learning vs Mathematical Reasoning vs Problem Solving

June 9, 2016

The National Curriculum has three stated aims: In plain English, this means we should: teach the basics (typically through rote methods) spot patterns and make generalisations (algebra is the tool of choice for more experienced mathematicians) problem solve (using a variety of techniques) In my experience as a teacher, in the UK a great deal […]

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How to use Pupil Premium creatively

April 26, 2016

With the announcement of this year’s Pupil Premium Awards finalists this week, it’s been wonderful to see all the different ways this funding can have a real impact on a student’s life. We’d like to say a big well done to all the schools who have been shortlisted! You can see the list here. Inspired […]

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Child and teacher using tablet technology for maths in classroom

10 tips for choosing the right apps for your school

April 7, 2016

In recent years, there has been a surge in the number of educational apps available to download; currently there are around 250,000 apps found under the education category within the major stores. The advantages of using tablet-based programmes in schools are becoming more and more visible; from the expansion of the learning experience and environment, […]

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How children respond to reward systems

February 25, 2016

Do you remember the days when your dad would offer you £1 to wash his car? What about being allowed to play outside, but only if you’d finished all your greens? Motivating children through rewards isn’t anything new, but in the age of technology, how we go about setting these rewards can look different than […]

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5 ways to keep your children occupied this half term

February 18, 2016

While the children may be off school for a week, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still be keeping their minds active. Inspired by Rob Eastaway’s Maths on the Go, here are 5 ways you can keep the kids both occupied and learning:   On your marks, get set, bake! When making a cake, ask […]

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