early years

NRICH Enriching Mathematics Project

The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. NRICH is a team of qualified teachers who are also practitioners in RICH mathematical thinking. NRICH promotes the learning of mathematics through problem solving.

We provide engaging problems, linked to the curriculum, with support for teachers in the classroom. Lynne McClure has mapped NRICH activities to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence first and second level experiences and outcomes, and Susan Ronnie from Kirklandneuk Primary School updated Lynne’s original document. The new version can be downloaded here.

At NRICH we believe that:

  • Our activities can provoke mathematical thinking.
  • Students can learn by exploring, noticing and discussing.
  • This can lead to conjecturing, explaining, generalising, convincing and proof.
  • In a classroom, the students’ role is to focus on the mathematics while the teacher focusses on the learners.
  • The teacher should aim to do for students only what they cannot yet do for themselves.

Scottish Learning Festival 2012

The theme for the Scottish Learning Festival 2012 is Creative Learning….Creative Thinking.

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival, organised by Education Scotland, takes place at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September. The Scottish Learning Festival is all about teaching and learning and offers a number of opportunities to enhance the education profession by providing: inspiration and new ideas; an opportunity to network with peers; a range of options to enhance the learning and teaching experience for all.

To find out more and book your place click here.

iPad in Education Glow Group

Find out more about the iPad and how it is being used in Edinburgh schools in the iPad in Education Glow Group. In the Group you’ll find links to great websites, the ‘Pad Chat’ blog, Edinburgh documents on how to go about introducing iPads into your school.

New to the Group is the ‘App Review‘ page where you can read reviews written by Edinburgh teachers of various apps. Also new is the ‘Impact on Learning‘ page where Edinburgh teachers have commented on their experiences, and those of their learners, taking part in the iPod Touch trials which ran from 2009-2011.